everyone here should read this article. i myself bookmarked it for future reference.
sadly, these battles are still being fought today. when Ullyses S. Grant said...
“Encourage free schools, and resolve that not one dollar, appropriated for their support, shall be appropriated to the support of any sectarian schools."
...all i can think about are the calls for Voucher Programs, and the Louisiana program that is in effect today violating what Grant called for. i'll let Grant finish:
"Resolve that neither the state nor nation, nor both combined, shall support institutions of learning other than those sufficient to afford to every child growing up in the land the opportunity of a good common school education, unmixed with sectarian, pagan, or atheistical dogmas. Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separate. With these safeguards, I believe the battles which created the Army of the Tennessee will not have been fought in vain.”
Sadly, a more apt title for this article would be: "Five People Who Fought the Christian Takeover of America... and LOST!"
Surely these people made great contributions and I am being a bit tongue-in-cheek, but 150 years since Darwin and 100+ years of fossil findings that culmintated in the can't explain it any other way DNA evidence yet we are still fighting creation-science bullshit. People who believe this get elected president, made speaker of the house, etc. even today while non-believers have held which office exactly in the past 150 years? The christians still hold the power. Okay, not as much and their sharia law-like rules have been curbed, but still, there they are. Winning. Its a one-sided ass-kicking that we win with evidence and they somehow come away with votes.
You are so right, Dan. I wish this article could be more widely distributed.
"At crucial points when the church-state wall was most threatened in America, people rose up to defend it."
This is how the article starts. This is what will happen again. They have not lost. I am optimistic that America is not going in the wrong direction, although there are some occasional ups and downs. This view will be vindicated very soon and I predict that in about 50 years of time there will be an atheism wave that will be the biginning of the end of god and religion.
from your lips...well, you know the rest. :)
Thanks for this article!
your welcome. it seems Salon.com has been having more Atheism articles lately.