In this episode, Douglas talks about the lack of heroes in the atheist movement and why that isn’t a problem. Next he highlights an excellent TV program that explained why we teach US History all wrong, and finally Douglas revisits an essay he wrote about the 1st amendment violation having the Ohio state motto engraved on the grounds of the statehouse.
02:45 An Atheist Hero Is A Social Justice Warrior
15:39 The Whitewashing of US History
23:25 The Case Against The Ohio Motto
One of the interesting aspects of the stories I covered this episode was the take away between the premise that William F. Buckley Jr. used to Madalyn Murray O’Hair to justify prayer in the public schools. He tells her at one point that the prayer is not a big deal and she comes backs and says if it is no big deal then why do it.
In the essay on the Ohio Motto that I shared, the Columbus Dispatch columnist complains about the judge in the case saying the motto “With God All Things Are Possible” is a generic and trivial platitude that doesn’t call out any particular religious sect. The reporter then asks that if the motto is so generic then why use it?
That is the kind of argument I use all the time. If a prayer or religious symbol means nothing then why say the prayer or put the symbol up in a public space? As the Dispatch reporter says it is because to the religious those symbols aren’t meaningless.
That’s why such symbols shouldn’t be used in the public spaces like courthouses and schools – because they do have meaning and it is a religious one.
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