I know that sometimes it seems that I’m not all that sympathetic to religious people and their various concerns. As an agnostic who believes in government and religion being kept quite separate, it’s not surprising that we sometimes have disputes.
But today, prompted by a typically thought-provoking post by Fred Clark, I’d like to say something to our friends of faith: I’m on your side.
Catch the Fire nutters and adherents of other extremist versions of Christianity – look, I agree with you. It’s a terrible idea for any Islamic organisation to seek to impose Sharia law on the rest of us (including the reactionary views about women and gays with which you might otherwise agree). We should fight vigorously against any attempts to impose this religion on the rest of us.
And Islamic fundamentalists – I’m on your side, too. It’s vitally important to stand against any Christians who want to impose their religion on you. (Or me.)
Even Scientologists – you’re quite right that it’s not fair that other religions get special tax-free status just because their belief systems aren’t quite as overtly a scam as yours.
Whatever your religion, whatever irrational prejudices you hold, whatever frankly absurd theories you have about the way the universe works – we hold something in common: it’s not fair for any of those other religions to get preferential treatment before the law or to be rammed down your throat.
Basically, I’ll fight for the right of each and every one of you to be free from all the other religions.
Finally, something we all can agree on!