As the recently revealed Muthee-Palin sermon reveals, there are people out there trying to turn our secular democracy into a Christian theocracy — people whose ties may lead them to the White House. It’s not just the Republican Party to which I refer; last month in Denver, the Democratic Party excluded non-religious Americans from its meetings and its platform.
Back in Denver this month, some Americans have decided they’ve had enough of this creeping effort to use government as an agent of proselytization. They’ve organized a rally in support of the separation of church and state. Here’s their announcement:
What: Pre-election Rally for Separation of Church and State
When: Sunday, September 28, 2008, 3:30-6 p.m. (This Sunday)
Where: West Steps of the Colorado State Capitol Building, Denver
Permit held by: Denver Atheists & Freethinkers (D.A.F.T.)
Goals: To show support for a wall of separation between religion and government. To provide individuals and groups an opportunity to speak out against erosion of our legal rights on this front. To remind people of some of these issues one month before the elections.
The event is about separation of church and state in general, but we’ll also have some highlight issues in mind:
~ The 10th District Court’s ruling against Colorado’s ban on tax money going to pay tuition at colleges that discriminate on the basis of religion.
~ The “personhood” amendment that defines a fertilized egg as a human being, and would make some forms of birth control, in addition to abortion, murder under the law. (On our state ballot for November.)
~ On the national level, the Faith-based Initiatives that give taxpayer money to religious charities, so that they can provide social services instead of government (secular) agencies.
~ Eternally recurring battles over prayer in school, school vouchers, reproductive freedom, women’s rights, sexual orientation, health care, creationism being pushed into science classrooms, and other issues throughout the nation.
More information can be found on D.A.F.T.’s message board