Sunday, April 5, 2015

Susan Jacoby on Secularism and Free Thinking

BILL MOYERS: Do you think any American politician would dare describe the secular spirit and letter of the Constitution as Ingersoll and others did in his time? 
SUSAN JACOBY: No, no. Because an American -- the only declared atheist member of Congress, Pete Stark, retired this time. I'm sure Congress is exactly like the polls. I'm sure there are plenty of atheists and various kinds of unorthodox religious people in Congress. But they don't talk about it. You never hear President Obama making a speech about separation of church and state. He will occasionally allude to it. 
But I think that either proclaiming allegiance to a religion or shutting up about it is still an absolute requirement.
As I was just saying ...

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