Published December 30, 2020 by Nan Mykel

I have recently witnessed the “super religious” (evangelical) among us cling to their thirst for power over “militant secularists” who they say are behind a “campaign to destroy the traditional moral order,” as former AG Barr has preached. In their longing to do away with the separation of church and state they appear willing to stomach dishonesty, cruelty, and the trashing of the Ten Commandments. How in the same breath can they proclaim their religion yet rally around opposite values? And does “secularists” includes those of other faiths?

Today I reached into my book pile and pulled out Sam Harris’ The End of Faith, which more accurately describes my own personal religion. I found nothing militant in it…

“Every person you have ever met, every person you will pass in the street today is going to die. Living long enough, each will suffer the loss of his friends and family. All are going to lose everything they love in this world. Why would one want to be anything but kind to them in the meantime?…

“The only angels we need invoke are those of our better nature: reason, honesty and love.” I don’t know if I agree with him on consciousness –didn’t get into that chapter yet.


  • Nan, well said. Too many overlook the larger messages in religious texts to focus on narrow passages with an intent to exclude. My thesis is religions are at their finest when they are inclusive and at their absolute worst when they exclude. The bible, for example, should not be used as a weapon, but as an invitation. Call me crazy, but that is how I feel and try to act. Keith


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