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Vestibule Wrote: I am atheist, but I respect people who have faith
Welcome to the Democratic Hub, Vestibule.
Me as well. To each his own.
I long ago accepted that I'm an atheist, but my entire family is devoutly religious and they are all wonderful people. My (atheist) wife and I attend church with them every time we visit Illinois and don't have any issues with it because we choose to live by the literal definition of atheism, which is [a] (without) [theism] (the belief in God). That's it. I don't think it's my business to tell other people what to believe in.
My main issue concerning religion is its place in our body politic. I'm with Thomas Jefferson in his views expressed to the Danbury Baptists in one of his numerous correspondents with them:
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.
Our government and especially the modern day courts have been walking away from the belief that God serves no purpose in a free and fair government. As Jefferson said, "religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God."