Michelle Obama’s Awesome Speech

Many are saying Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention last night was a “speech for the ages.” In case you missed it, or want to watch it again, here it is  below: 

 

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Religious Test and the Democratic Party

imageThe Democratic National Convention got off to a bumpy start as yet another email scandal was uncovered involving some members of the DNC were discussing a strategy to use Bernie Sander’s faith, or lack thereof to try to give Hillary Clinton the upper hand. I am greatly disappointed that the party I have been supporting is still pandering to the religious instead of promoting acceptance and equal opportunity for people who hold no belief in a god.

Here is what Barry Lynn of Americans United has to say:

Religious Test?: Email Hack Reveals Democrats Discussed Attacking Bernie Sanders’ Religious Belief

Bernie Sanders’ beliefs should not disqualify him from being president.

It is distressing that a major political party would seek to disqualify anyone based on his or her religious beliefs – or lack thereof. The discussion of Sanders’ faith amounted to discrimination against non-believers, something that should be unacceptable in our society and runs counter to the Democratic Party Platform commitment to “protect religious minorities and the fundamental right of freedom of religion.”

Additionally, the U.S. Constitution expressly states that there can be no religious tests for office. That means a candidate’s faith cannot stop him or her from holding an elected position, and it suggests that faith should not be a factor in determining the suitability of a candidate for office.

He goes on to say:

Even if the Democratic National Committee shakeup is over, Democrats, Republicans and everyone else must remember that the First Amendment’s promise of religious freedom doesn’t arbitrarily end at the ballot box, and all political parties should respect the fact that everyone has the right to believe – or not – as he or she sees fit. That is what true religious freedom is all about.

After all, when the president takes the oath of office, he or she swears to uphold all of the Constitution. That means everyone’s beliefs must be protected by the highest office in the land.

As atheists, we still have a lot of work to do to eliminate religious test to hold public office and upholding Separation of Church and State to ensure equal opportunity for ALL citizens.

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Trump pandering to Religious Right

This video compilation of Trump lying to and sucking up to the Religious Right is sickening and pathetic. Morals?  The religious right who support Trump have no morals.

Trump panders to 1,000 Religious Right  leaders 

We MUST work to ensure this bigoted, lying, money-grubber does NOT make it to the highest office in our land!

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GOP Call To Repeal Ban On Church Politicking

imageWhile we are distracted by the ongoings of the GOP convention, this has not even been mentioned in the news media, as far as I know. And, it’s extremely important that we do know and get out and vote in November before the GOP further destroys Separation of Church & State. Trump has vowed to lift the ban on church politicking and to appoint anti-abortion judges.

From Americans United:

Changing Federal Law Could Dramatically Escalate Partisan Activity In Houses Of Worship, Church-State Watchdog Says

The Republican Party platform approved yesterday includes a call for altering federal law to allow houses of worship to jump into partisan politics. This change threatens religious life in America, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The platform advocates repeal of the Johnson Amendment, a provision adopted by Congress in 1954 that prohibits 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organizations, including houses of worship, from intervening in partisan politics by endorsing or opposing candidates for public office.

Asserts the platform, “We value the right of America’s religious leaders to preach, and Americans to speak freely, according to their faith. Republicans believe the federal government, specifically the IRS, is constitutionally prohibited from policing or censoring speech based on religious convictions or beliefs, and therefore we urge the repeal of the Johnson Amendment.”

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, blasted the proposal as “short-sighted, reckless and corrosive to religious life.”

“The Republican platform seeks to turn America’s houses of worship into miniature political action committees,” Lynn said. “I can’t imagine a more disruptive idea for our nation’s religious community or a real impediment to campaign finance reform.”

Lynn noted that the ban on partisan politicking encompasses many non-profit groups, religious and secular. The idea behind it, he said, is to ensure that the desirable benefit of tax exemption is awarded only to organizations that operate in the public interest, not partisan entities. (Lynn pointed out that the amendment bars only endorsement or opposition of candidates. Speaking out on issues is permitted.)

The proposal, Lynn said, would further divide Americans. He pointed out that several polls have shown that Americans overwhelmingly oppose partisan politicking in houses of worship.

“Religious communities are places Americans can go to escape the partisan divide of ‘red’ and ‘blue’ that has polarized our nation,” Lynn said. “Repealing the ‘no-politicking’ rule would inevitably lead some houses of worship to focus on supporting candidates in exchange for financial and other aid.”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has backed the proposal. While introducing his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, on July 16, Trump remarked, “And I said — and I said for the evangelicals, that we’re going to do something that nobody’s even tried to do. You have the Johnson Amendment passed by Lyndon Johnson and his group….And we call it the Johnson Amendment….We put into the platform, we’re going to get rid of that horrible Johnson Amendment. And we’re going to let evangelicals, we’re going to let Christians and Jews and people of religion talk without being afraid to talk.”

Trump has also reportedly promised Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, that he will seek repeal of the Johnson Amendment.

The issue is currently under consideration in Congress. Republicans in the House of Representatives have added a rider to an appropriations bill (H.R. 5485) that would make it harder for the IRS to enforce the Johnson Amendment.

Americans United’s Project Fair Play seeks to educate Americans about the law banning partisan activity by houses of worship and religious non-profits and urges religious leaders to comply with these provisions.

Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.

 

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Trump chooses Religious Right Pence as running mate

imageThe Donald announced his pick for his VP running mate yesterday– religious right, anti-woman’s rights, tea partier, Mike Pence. If they manage to pull it off and win in November, Flying Spaghetti Monster help us all! We CANNOT let this dangerous duo win. Unfortunately, it’s once again a choice between worse and disastrous. No matter Hillary’s skeletons in her closet, I must give her my vote to keep these two asshats from trying to undo what we have fought for and won over the past 100 years.

In case you are unfamiliar with Pence, here are some facts from Americans United about Trump’s new yes-man.

 

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Terror attack in Nice

cartoonniceWhen will this end? How do we stop these scumbag assholes when they live amongst people everywhere, in all corners of the planet and are seemingly normal, law-abiding citizens until they commit their horrific acts?

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Stop Tax Breaks for Churches and Religious Organizations

imageIf any wall is going to be built in this country it should not be one to keep immigrants out, but one to keep the churches, synagogues, and mosques out of taxpayers’ pockets and bedrooms.

In every town in this country there is at least one or two mythology temples sitting on real estate that taxpayers pay for. My husband and I pay more than $6,000 a year in property taxes while the couple dozen churches in our town pay zilch. Not only do they not pay taxes on the acres of real estate they own, they get supplies and other expenses paid for by the public taxpayers. Then as the article below states, they want taxpayers to renovate their mythology temples. This has got to stop. Separation of a church and state must be restored.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State File Lawsuit To Stop a Massachusetts Town From Handing Taxpayer Money Over To Local Churches

Officials in Acton, Mass. want to give out $115,000 in grants to renovate two churches – and we say no way!

Back in April, Acton signed off on grants for churches with active congregations. One grant would pay for the restoration of stained-glass windows at Acton Congregational Church, including a large window depicting Jesus Christ. The second grant would fund a master plan for extensive work at the same church. A third grant would pay for roof work at South Acton Congregational Church.

With assistance from AU’s Massachusetts Chapter, Americans United’s Legal team has now sued on behalf of 13 Acton taxpayers, arguing that when the town approved Community Preservation Act grants for the houses of worship, it violated the Massachusetts Constitution, which strictly prohibits direct government support for religious institutions.

At Americans United, we believe the age of a church building should have no bearing on whether taxpayers are forced to pay for its maintenance. If these Acton churches – which are still active houses of worship – need building improvements, they should solicit funds from their own members.

After all, no one should be forced to support religious organizations to which he or she does not belong. That is what church-state separation is all about.

Thank you for supporting freedom of and from religion – and for helping us shore up the wall of separation, which benefits ALL Americans.

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