Piety Throwing Contest

All of this overt religiosity is really getting quite tiresome. I’ve come to expect this from the Republicans, but now it seems the Democrats are getting into the act as well. What the hell does someone’s religious viewpoints and opinions of the hereafter have to do with how they will perform their job?

The latest spectacle was the Democratic debate/interrogation by CNN several days ago. I don’t recall the interviewer’s name but she sure felt like she had to stick her nose into each candidate’s personal religious views. Even more incredibly each candidate answered her instead of telling her to mind her own business. Hillary Clinton started to tell the host that she looked down on wearing one’s religion on one’s sleeve. But she gave in and followed with her personal testimony as well. WTF? The latest podcast from FFRF has a part about the debate/interviews. Go over to FFRF’s podcast archives at http://www.ffrf.org/radio/podcast/ and click on the Jun 9th episode. In the podcast,they also have President Kennedy’s great speech on the separation of church and state.

It seems obvious that the American public is getting fed up with all of this piety being thrown around by these over enthusiastic Jesus supporters. This is probably why the number of unbelievers is increasing in the polls. People are getting sick and tired of these intolerant assholes shoving their religion in everyone’s faces. Perhaps this is why atheist books have been selling so well for the past several months. See an excellent story, Rise of the New Atheists, over at alternet for more details.

I hope the momentum continues well past the fall of the religious types. But it seem that as religion grows and becomes threatening to our liberties, all of us unbelievers come out of our closets and force the religious zealots to back down. Then we go back into our closets and the cycle repeats. I hope this does not happen this time around.

In a sense, this is a larger and more public version of what has been happening in my husband’s family. He has three brothers, one who is not very religious, one who is a Baptist lay-minister, and another who is a very right-wing Catholic. It’s always amusing to watch the religious brothers try to “out-religion” each other every time the family gets together. Of course each of them is not amused by my amusement of the spectacle as one tries to act more pious than the other.