Methinks you may underestimate the Muslim push to install Sharia Law in our government. Turn your attention to prayer rooms in public airports, to foot showers in public schools and taking the oath of office on the Koran instead of the Holy bible. The movement starts with small things in its move toward a theocracy. Ask where the ACLU is when we really need them to separate church and state.
Sounds like the Muslims intend to treat everyone else like the Christians have for the past 1500 years. Eventually everyone will stagger out of the stone age and cast aside their superstitions and realize we're all the same basic bags of hydrocarbons. The day can't come soon enough as far as I am concerned.
It won't be the first time but I'll go on record again, I believe the biggest threat to this country, now and in the future is the Christian Extreme Right. The barriers they promote to Education, Technological progress, social programs, and the negative effect they have upon the general zeitgeist, makes them a bigger threat then any outside threat.
To base ones philosophy in religion leads to intolerance, as evidenced by every example of theocracy in history. The founders of this country were only a couple generations separated from those who escaped that intolerance to come to America, and as such had a closer tie to it than we do. They could have established a religion in the founding documents and elected not to, I would say this is clear evidence they believed the idea to be foolhardy, as I do.
Just so those soon to respond know, I am an athiest. We can debate the exact meaning of that, but suffice to say I find the belief in God to be utterly unsupported by evidence. Here's a quote I like regarding religion, unfortunately I do not know who authored it:
"When the theologian governed the world, it was covered with huts and hovels
for the many, palaces and cathedrals for the few ... The poor were clad in
rags and skins -- they devoured crusts, and gnawed bones. The day of Science
dawned, and ... There is more value in the brain of an average man of today
-- of a master-mechanic, of a chemist, of a naturalist, of an inventor, than
there was in the brain of the world four hundred years ago.
These blessings did not fall from the skies. These benefits did not drop
from the outstretched hands of priests. They were not found in cathedrals or
behind altars -- neither were they searched for with holy candles. They were
not discovered by the closed eyes of prayer, nor did they come in answer to
superstitious application. They are the children of freedom, the gifts of
reason, observation and experience -- and for all them, man is indebted to