Subject: [Atheist] AANEWS for July 19, 1996 (Special Edition, Part Two) Date: Fri, 19 Jul

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Subject: [Atheist] AANEWS for July 19, 1996 (Special Edition, Part Two) Date: Fri, 19 Jul 1996 18:04:27 -0700 From: Reply-To:, nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn nnnnnnnnnn AANEWS nnnnnnnnnn #100 uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu 7/19/96 (Special Edition, Part Two) THE RELIGIOUS EQUALITY AMENDMENT ~ AN ATHEIST RESPONSE (Part Two of Two) V Atheism is the weltanschauung which eschews acceptance of these doctrines. However, a free marketplace of idea exchange in which criticism of these basic tenets of religion might be permitted has been deliberately precluded in the culture of the United States and the four tenets consequently have not been challenged. The current attempt to obtain a Constitutional amendment to restore prayer necessarily brings with the prayer the (above) baggage of the ideas upon which prayer is predicated. The object is to indoctrinate immature minds to the acceptance of basic religious dogma by repetition of religious formulae. This is despite the pedagogical knowledge that a child should not be subjected to lies or absurdities lest his educational experience be completely undermined. VI What we have at hand here is the mind-set of the religious. Their assumption is that there are certain inherent values in religion which (1) must be appreciated by all. Therefore, religious practices (2) must be protected, (3) have an enlarged arena in which to function and (4) be openly accepted by government. All of this is under the banner of "protection of religious belief." But the intent is really to promote religion and to force inclusion of the populace in the religious belief system. The religious position is that religion must be a pervasive factor in our culture that penetrates and permeates every institution without exception. If the influence of religion in any given public institution or area is curtailed even partially, then that area is attacked not alone as being "wholly secular" or "religious free" but accusations of religious intolerance are voiced. The religious mind cannot accept a situation in which religion has its areas and then there are separate secular concerns in which religion is an unnecessary part of the equation. This, of course, relates back to the New Testament, Romans 14:11, "For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God" -- the ultimate sectarian demand. Conclusion American Atheists urges the Congress of the United States to back away from the Religious Equality Amendment and to encourage and endorse the concept of "religion free" public schools. (Signed) Madalyn Murray O'Hair ****** SPEAK OUT FOR ATHEIST CIVIL RIGHTS! STOP THE PROPOSED RELIGIOUS EQUALITY AMENDMENT! Your help is urgently needed if we are stop any version of the Religious Equality Amendment. Unfortunately, many of the groups and individuals identified with the "against" side in this fight are part of religious organizations who happen to object to the Amendment. While their arguments often raise valid points, they frequently ignore the fact that it is not just "minority" religions which may find school prayer or other government-sponsored religious ritual to be offensive. American Atheists is attempting to have The Constitution Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee hear the testimony of the President of the organization, Ellen Johnson. Those of you who wish to support this effort may help by faxing the following members of The Constitution Subcommittee, asking that they call Ms. Johnson for the hearing scheduled this coming Tuesday, July 23. Here are names and FAX numbers of Congressional Representatives to contact: (Democrats) Rep. Barney Frank (Mass.) 202-225-0182 Rep. Melvin Watt (N.C.) 202-225-1512 Rep. John Conyers (Mich.) 202-225-0072 Rep. Pat Schroeder (Colo.) 202-225-5842 (Republicans) Rep. Chalres T. Canady (Fl.) 202-225-2279 Rep. Henry Hyde (Ill.) 202-225-1166 Rep. Bob Inglis (S.C.) 202-226-1177 Rep. Michael Patrick Flanagan (Ill) 202-225-3128 Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (Wis.) 202-225-3190 Rep. Martin R. Hoke (Ohio) 216-356-2010 Rep. Lamar Smith (Tx.) 202-225-8628 It is suggested that you "personalize" and sign each letter if possible. ********************** If you are a member of American Atheists, consider participating in our moderated discussion forum, AACHAT. We discuss Atheism, state-church separation, religion, AA activities, and related topics. To participate, contact our moderator, Margie Wait by e-mail:; be sure to include your name and postal address. ********* Coming Next Week... The AMERICAN ATHEISTS WEBSITE! Watch for the Launch Announcement on AANEWS! **** About This List... 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