A few random observations:
It strikes me that the idea that Christians are somehow under attack in the US is self serving and likely paranoid. Religion is far from under attack here. Our country makes numerous significant concessions to religion, not the least the tax breaks religion enjoys.
I'm not sure those billboards are taking the positive stance I'd like. A couple of them seem excessively confrontational. I wish that they would simply argue directly that atheism is no less valid a choice than theism. Despite the billboards' pushy nature I was pleased to see someone finally declaring publicly that atheism is a valid position.
I resent any group, Christian, Muslim, whatever etc., telling anyone else that they will go to hell if they don't believe in exactly the same way. The arrogance in that stance is amazing. Given the fact that, no matter what your persuasion (or lack of), hundreds of millions of people round the globe see things differently, wouldn't it be wise to allow a little bit of room for the chance you might be wrong? That maybe someone else has it right? I don't go around trying to "convert" innocent passersby to atheism or agnosticism, but I have had someone come up to me in public, in a restaurant no less, and had the nerve to ask me if I was "saved". At least the door to door proselytizers have always had the good grace to leave when I politely said I probably wasn't their target market. Please, other than in fora like this, where the discussion is best direct and frank, and where we have all "asked for it" by commenting, please don't go pushing your belief system, whatever it may be.
In the US, to be an atheist is to be something of a second class citizen. Try getting elected - even as dogcatcher - if one is openly atheist. While we as a nation make the argument that we have freedom of religion, the freedom is to either be Christian, or to keep your mouth closed, if you don't want to be seen as an unsavory type.
I disagree with the endlessly repeated comment that if one is atheist, one cannot have a moral base, that one is necessarily immoral, or amoral. I don't depend upon externals - a church or a priest, or a book or a doctrine - to tell me what's moral - I believe on my own without being told, that certain actions are wrong. What I don't understand is that many people would feel rudderless without someone or something else to tell them what's right and what's wrong. Do they not see immorality for what it is? It strikes me that if you haven't got your own moral compass, you stand to be at greater moral risk than someone who knows on their own what to do and not to do.
All the above being said, I don't hear any of that in Krista Tippett's remarks. Paradoxically, I find her shows to be one of the few places where intelligent commentary is aired at length on necessary and difficult topics. I listen to her shows whenever I get the chance. They are wonderful interesting discussions and I hope she keeps offering them for a long time.
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