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this is fairly significant folks.  as a constituency we are being ignored. most of us want some pretty basic things but politicians don't cater to us.  by some accounts non-believers carried the day for Obama this past November.  

what would most of us want?  here are my most basic requests:

1.  federal ban on creationism

2.  prayer and religious ornaments banned from public grounds

3.  legal abortion (i know it's legal, but it needs to be way more legal in some states)

4.  legal weed (i know it's not universal but i have a feeling it's close)

5.  end of abstinence only sex ed

6.  pentacostals all put in loony bins

ok, i can compromise on #6.  

feel free to add what i missed.  

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scientific inquiry into age of reason or its advent and the ban on indoctrination until the child has a fighting chance to reject the putrefaction.

I'd like to see something to keep children from being indoctrinated, but I don't yet see any method of enforcement, unless children are taken from religious parents at birth.  That method still seems a little much to me.

End the tax breaks that are available only for religious groups.

YES!!  This is my number one request too!

How about this:

End School Vouchers for Parochial Schools!!!

If they haven't stopped it already, refrain from having court appointed testamony being given only after having been "sworn in" on the bible. (Oh, I have to tell the truth now. I've sworn to do so and had my hand on the holy book.)

Let's get "scripture notations" off of court house walls both outside and inside the buildings. Otherwise, some "religious judge" might want to cut a baby in half if two women show up both claiming to be the mother.

As for Pentecostals and looney bins, they could be rolling around on the floor like Curly from the Three Stooges saying "ho see con didli eye, honda la seka!" (The interpretation of this depends on the need at the time.) Otherwise, ask Swaggart.

Take "In god we trust" off our money. Substitute the word "money" for the word god. LOL

I like what someone said, "In reason we trust".  I think "In science we trust" would suit me better.

Idaho, I like science too, because after 12 years in Catholic schools (for which I don't thank my dad) it gave my mind some important exercise.

But:

1) Many folks on our side -- atheists, humanists, etc -- will point out that science gave us nuclear weapons, and

2) Reason is possible in fields other than science.

To #1 above we do have counter arguments:

1a) Politicians ordered the military to use the weapons and whether we like politicians or hate them, we will always have them with us.

1b) For the first time in human history, nuclear weapons will dispose also of the people who profit from war.  Taking the profit from war will achieve more than all the anti-war poetry and prose ever written.

My son and I were called for jury duty at the same time.  When we were to be sworn in, we both asked if we could affirm instead.  The judge said yes, and that was it.  No big deal at all.  (This is in New Mexico.)

Oops, it's been answered...

Dennis, you can affirm rather than swear to your testimony. But I do wonder whether any atheist ever told the court you have it on my word I will testify truthfully but that bible is as reliable as a comic book.

And the Supreme Court has decided a case upholding the removal of ten commandments from court house.

Actually, Glen, I kind of did that one time. I was called to testify before a tribunal of the Illinois Supreme Court. When I was asked the "so help you god" part, I said "No. I don't swear to anyone's gods of any kind. But, I'll tell the truth." I took the stand and proceeded to testify.

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