The junior senator from the state of New Jersey, Cory Booker has thrown the gauntlet down on anyone who wishes to profess their religiosity while their actions are a disservice and a travesty to those they supposedly serve. He has effectively said, "If you're going to talk the talk without walking the walk, I have no time for you."

Tip of the hat, Mr. Booker. Thank you.

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 13, 2015 at 2:47pm

Yeah, I know it's not just the Republicans, it's any and all political parties....and any individual involved in religion, for christ's sake!!

I don't have much sympathy for Megyn Kelly either, Pat.  You're totally right, the Trump Monster is a collaborative creation of both Fox and Trump himself.  Yes, while insulting Megyn Kelly, Trump bit the hand that fed him and shit in the bed where Roger Ailes sleeps.  But fear not, Trump and Fox (the corporation person-hood) have made up and are sweethearts once again.  Trump was just recently back on Fox for his daily fifteen minutes of fame thanks to the generous hospitality of Sean Hannity.  

Comment by Pat on August 13, 2015 at 2:24pm

Carl, sadly you're correct that there will be no follow up questioning. If misogynistic comments to Megyn Kelly (whom I have zero sympathy, considering she actively participated in creating that orangutan haired Frankenstein), not only go unchallenged, but are dishonestly morphed into something innocent, what chance that anything under the rubric of 'sacred' will be questioned by either political party. Once again, it's up to us to do the heavy lifting.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 13, 2015 at 2:08pm

Carl, you and I and a LOT of other people know that such an attitude has to be not just questioned but actively challenged.  Someone in the crowd has to speak up and call them on it, and not just the Republicans but the Democrats as well, and if for no other's sake then for that of the nonbeliever.

We're citizens, too, guys ... ignore us at your peril!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 13, 2015 at 2:03pm

Oh, and of course none of the GOP candidates will have to endure any followup questions regarding their faith because we all know faith is a virtue, which makes it unquestionable. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 13, 2015 at 1:58pm

Fantastic!  That's a great statement, especially from a politician.  By all published accounts, Mr. Booker is a theist (a Baptist.)  If humanity has to endure having religion is this world, I'd rather it be coming from individuals like Cory Booker.  And he's not bad on the eyes, either!  :)

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 13, 2015 at 1:17pm

Sadly, you're right on that front. The process will ensure no one gets confronted with the hypocrisy inherent in all the rabid preaching. And we should remember one doesn't have to be an atheist to see the truth.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 13, 2015 at 1:08pm

I thought it was a brilliant statement, Bertold, even though he is very likely not an atheist.  I am very encouraged by the disconnect he highlights between what religionists say and what they do.  This should be particularly valid of those in the GOP currently jockeying for the nomination for president.  The shame of course is that there will likely be no such challenge during the primary debates or after the candidates are chosen.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 13, 2015 at 12:49pm

Kudos to Booker, who's an exemplar of what a 21st century politician should be. On the other hand, the frightening thing is that this sounds refreshing and like a breakthrough realization even to us, when it should be considered just common sense.



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