Progressive Writer Contends ‘Atheists Can’t Be Republicans’

GodLessAmerica
(motherjones.com)

Progressives like to portray themselves as champions of tolerance and diversity, and a few of them truly are.

But for most progressives, diversity and tolerance are only acceptable when they involve things like sexual behavior, gender identity or skin color. Their “I’m okay, you’re okay” philosophy does not extend to the realm of ideas and opinions; in those areas, leftists demand conformity.

Atheist writer CJ Werleman is a typical progressive, as the title of his just-published book, “Atheists Can’t Be Republicans,” makes clear.

The nub of Werleman’s argument goes something like this: Individuals become atheists because they refuse to believe in things that can’t be measured, tested, or proven. Therefore, since Republicans’ entire political platform is based on myths and debunked theories, rational-thinkers simply cannot belong to the Grand Old Party.

Werleman explains his, ahem, logic in a recent Alternet article:

Atheists can’t be Republicans because the economic and social policies of the Republican Party have been proven abjectly false and dangerous. Much in the same way religion is false and dangerous. In other words, atheists who cling onto modern U.S. conservative ideology are hanging onto ideas that have either been proven mythical at worse or remain unproven at best. If atheists applied the same litmus test to their political ideology as they do to theology, then clearly an atheist cannot be a Republican.

The Grand Old Party (GOP) is not only a theocratic sponsor, it’s a party that has been proven wrong on just about everything in the past three decades or more: from evolution to climate change, trickle-down economics, that the Iraqis would greet us as liberators, that the Bush tax cuts would lead to jobs. It didn’t. It added $3 trillion to the debt.

They were wrong when they said the stimulus would trigger inflation, that austerity stimulates an economy in recession and that universal healthcare is worse than slavery, and they continue to prescribe debunked policies. That is when they aren’t carrying out a reenactment of the American Civil War in the chambers of the U.S. Congress i.e. obstruction, nullification, and disruption.

(Obviously, Werleman likes to paint with a broad brush, and has little use for a serious analysis of the issues he lists in rapid-fire style.)
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New Law Allows Louisiana Public Schools to Display Christmas Trees and Other Holiday Symbols

Christmas tree
(staceypageonline.com)

The Left’s “Christmas police” will soon be out of a job in Louisiana’s public schools.

Last week, Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a new law that explicitly allows Christmas trees, nativity scenes, menorahs and other holiday symbols to be displayed on public school property.

The legislation allows the symbols “to be displayed in public schools as long as items representing multiple religions or secular belief systems are represented. No part of the display could promote adherence to a particular religion,” NOLA.com reports.

“Educators would also be authorized to teach children about the ‘traditional celebrations in winter’ and offer greetings such as ‘Merry Christmas’ and ‘Happy Kwanzaa.’”

The law – which did not receive a single ‘no’ vote in the Legislature – is based on Texas’ 2013 “Merry Christmas” law which has been upheld in court, NOLA.com adds.

The Associated Press reports the Louisiana law is a “clarification, to mirror a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows the school displays.”

The secularists and atheists who have been trying to eradicate any favorable mention of religion from America’s classrooms will obviously be unhappy with the development.

But that’s just too bad.

Most clear-thinking individuals understand the mission of public education is to prepare the next generation of Americans for the nation which they are inheriting. And since the U.S. has been – and continues to be – a deeply religious nation, it makes perfect sense that students learn about those traditions.

Teachers shouldn’t force students into espousing particular religious beliefs, but simply telling them what those beliefs are and why they’re important to many of their fellow citizens is just part of a well-rounded education.

The Louisiana law takes effect on Aug.1.