Now I for one will be the first to admit I'm not very religious. I believe in things but I don't wear it on my sleeve or throw it in people's faces. In fact, it's that very thing that I hate the most; and that goes for both believers and non-believers.
As this blog's name points out there are an infinite number of ideas and beliefs in this universe. Until something can be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt how can we deny one belief over another? Even the belief of disbelief? I bring this all up because of this constant harping on the idea of a "Secular Society."
Personally the idea that anything created by man can be removed from man's ideas is silly at best and naive and foolhardy at worst. Just as there's no such thing as "Unbiased reporting" there's no such thing as a "Secular Society." Why? Because even if we're not beating the drum of our individual religions, we're all affected and influenced by them. This goes for all of our decisions, plans, laws, and ideals. This goes doubly for those who don't believe.
On the most part we can ignore and even pretend our religious leanings and tendencies don't play a role in our decision making. It's those who don't hide their religious views or actively try to change other's views that are the trouble makers.
If you wear your religion on your sleeve you're telling everyone how great you think you are and your religion is. You constantly bring up your beliefs, tell how they affect your daily life, and try to prove how great this all makes you and your religion. We all know this type, the bible thumpers, the preachers, the missionaries, the Jehovah Witnesses and the like. Are these people bad? Normally no, but when you combine them with politics LOOK OUT!
Just go one step further and you get the zealots. The crusaders. Those who want to change everyone else to their religion no matter what. In politics these folks are even worse than that nagging cousin of yours who's always asking you to go to church. These folks try to force their views on the rest of us, be it good or bad.
Luckily, these folks are the minorities. They're attempts to force things on others usually fail when we see a religion's name tagged to them. That is until recently...
Two religions have really started to try and force their way on everyone else. Islam and Atheism have really started pushing everyone else around to try and get their way heard, and may heaven help us all if they get their way!
For the moment, let's just discuss the idea of a "Secular Society." I'll post more on Atheism and Islam in my next post.