Over the years, we here at Irregular Times have written regularly about the importance of the separation of Church and State, reporting on attempts by self-serving politicians to use the power of government to hand out payments and special privileges to religious groups in order to further their electoral ambitions. Among the many articles we're written are the following:
In many of these articles, we've emphasized the importance of political participation and organization among atheists, agnostics, humanists and other irreligious Americans. We don't have the benefit of rich and powerful churches to promote our interests and defend our rights, so it's up to us as individuals to stand up and join together when the need arises.
The need has arisen. With the election and inauguration of George W. Bush, the civil rights of the non-religious are threatened to an extent unprecidented in this generation. President Bush and his conservative allies in Congress have waged a brutal assault on the First Amendment rights of those who choose not to follow the path of the dominant conservative Christian sects, having gone so far as to install an officially-recognized government office of "faith-based" initiatives within the White House! Most recently John DiIulio, the head of this office, has declared that the American public should fund the physical renovation of churches nationwide.
Enough is enough! It's time for those Americans who prefer democracy to theocracy to speak up and stand together against the assault by the new Bush administration against the separation of Church and State. We stand as a nation on the verge of The Day That Counts, the day for Americans who believe in free thought to make their thoughts known to their governmental representatives.
July 17, 2001 is the day for all those who support the First Amendment in its entirety to speak out, writing, faxing and calling individual messages of support for the separation of Church and State to their representatives in the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as to the President himself, letting them know that the minority of disbelief is a vocal minority that must not be ignored. No one else is going to speak up for us. Can We Count You In?
Don't let us do all the talking. Talk back!
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