Thursday, February 18, 2010

Quote of the Day

Where the preamble declares, that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed by inserting "Jesus Christ," so that it would read "A departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion;" the insertion was rejected by the great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mohammedan, the Hindoo and Infidel of every denomination.
-Thomas Jefferson, Autobiography, in reference to the Virginia Act for Religious Freedom

This idea of religious freedom for all - not just the religious freedoms of groups you like - seems to be lost today.

Bob Barr (yeah, he's an idiot) believes that anybody who doesn't believe the way he does is evil. (And the Christian-provided definitions of Paganism MUST be right, even when they are insulting and mostly wrong, because, well, he says so.) Oh, and Pagans and their rituals are just silly. And evil.

The California Department of Corrections has decided that five religions are enough for anybody. You don't need a chaplain from another faith. (Especially not one of those Wiccans/Pagans). Maybe they should see how well that worked out for the VA. And some folks in those five religions agree that they are special.

Tracking the way Wiccans are treated in this society is pretty easy way to gauge the state of religious freedom generally. Wiccans and Pagans are treated pretty poorly.

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