When I recently wrote about Godless Jews, I cited a Harris survey that surprised a lot of people. The majority of Jews don't believe in God. They are atheists. Read more at the Huffington Post!
I'm not accustomed to being part of the majority in most things, especially religion. One notable exception comes from a recent Harris survey that shows the majority of American Jews do not believe in God.
Open atheists like me are accustomed to being vilified as a class, but the pejoratives say more about those who cast aspersions than about those they malign. Here are just three examples of judgments made about me, along with my parenthetical thoughts.
In Orwellian fashion, some political candidates proclaim they are not "politically correct" because it's a politically correct ploy to gain political support. And that strategy seems to be working in the Republican Party.
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said he would not support a Muslim for president because the Islamic faith is inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution. He later added that whoever takes the White House should be "sworn in on a stack of Bibles, not a Koran." Here is my very qualified agreement with Ben Carson...
In 1976 I accepted an offer to teach at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, where the Civil War (also known as "The War of Northern Aggression") began and was still a symbol of Southern pride.
I support a woman's right to an abortion at any time for any reason. I think government healthcare should cover abortions and offer free contraception for women, no exceptions.
Two people I've long admired announced this year that they had terminal illnesses: Dr. Oliver Sacks and former President Jimmy Carter. Both have lived consequential lives and are role models for me on how to behave during my last months of life (many years from now, I hope).
My answer about whether President Obama is a Christian would be the same as that of Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker: "I don't know." That's also the answer I'd give about whether Scott Walker is a Christian. But Walker's uncertainty about Obama is different from mine.
My friend and fellow secular humanist, Judge Tommy Hughston, invited me to attend the Unitarian Church in Charleston on July 19. He would be coordinating the service for his visiting minister friend, Dr. J. William Harris (Doctor of Divinity). The intriguing sermon title was "God Must be Proud of Atheists." Tommy asked me to bring a copy of my book, Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt, for Dr. Harris.
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