“What an amazing night.”The positive online comments keep pouring in!
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Many stories describe supernatural events that turn skeptics into believers. This is not one of those stories. I have not had a “road to Damascus” experience, though my worldview did change a little after hearing about ghosts from Will Moredock, a professional tour guide in my hometown of Charleston, South Carolina.
Full disclosure: I interviewed Will for this article shortly after Will interviewed me for a piece in the Charleston City Paper about our local secular humanist group and our billboard, 20 Godless Years in the Holy City!
Will is a member of the Unitarian Church, a secular humanist, and a Charleston guide for Ghost and Graveyard Walking Tours. Ghosts, like fine restaurants and antebellum houses, are among the many attractions in this historic city, but I thought that Charleston ghosts, as in the film Ghostbusters, were only created for laughs and commercial success. (Coincidentally, Ghostbusters star Bill Murray lives near Charleston.)
a recent OnFaith piece by an anonymous pastor at a mainstream evangelical church asked, “Who’s Afraid of a (Partly) Fictional Bible?” I understand why the pastor might have wanted anonymity. See, for instance, Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind, where clergy reveal in confidential interviews how their lives of service are overshadowed by hypocrisy as they contemplate taking a leap from the faith of their congregants.
Although religionists often have heated arguments and even wars over holy book interpretations, our secular government does not condone killing for blasphemy. However, Christians may certainly fire sect leaders and shun family members for “incorrect” interpretations of their Bible. Literalists often disagree on what the Bible literally says, while non-literalists frequently disagree on which parts to take literally. Most Christians I know believe something equivalent to: “The Bible is literally true, except for what I say is allegorical.”
I agree with Pastor Anonymous when he criticizes people for reading “our twenty-first century lives into a book composed in an ancient and wholly different world.” However, we part company when he says that even the made-up stories “tell us the truth about God and his purposes.” Really? How can that be when the Bible mainly tells us the views of scientifically ignorant, misogynistic, and homophobic writers who were a product of their times? I regard the Bible at its best as akin to Aesop’s fables, with some positive moral lessons and universal truths (along with talking animals). I’ve written here about the value I find in the Bible.
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September 8, 2014
Washington, DC - The Secular Coalition for America and supporters will march from the Supreme Court to the Capitol tomorrow to draw attention to outrage over the Supreme Court's decision in the case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. The Coalition will carry a "wall" of 1,600 knitted "bricks" collected from around the world during its Knit a Brick campaign this summer.
The yarn wall is meant to symbolize a rebuilding of the wall of separation between religion and government that opponents feel has been threatened with the Court's decisions in Hobby Lobby in June and Town of Greece v. Galloway in May.
On July 1, the Secular Coalition urged people who were outraged about the Hobby Lobby decision to knit a 6-inch by 3-inch brick to be added to the wall. Supporters from 48 states and five other countries mailed in or sponsored bricks.
Secular Coalition for America president, Amanda Metskas, said the wall is a visual demonstration of people's anger about the Hobby Lobby decision and a constructive way to show lawmakers in Congress that they have the ability to change it.
"The Court's decision allows business owners to impose their religious preferences on their employees and interfere with the employees' personal health care choices," Metskas said. "It's an issue that will impact Americans of all different backgrounds, which is why we've had such a strong show of support for this campaign-not just from the nontheist community, but from religious allies as well."
Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Time: 11:30 am (gathering), 12:00pm (marching)
Place: Supreme Court of the United States (1 First St NE, Washington, DC)
Following the march, the Secular Coalition plans to present the wall to the White House at a later date.