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12/02/2010

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Jimbino

What a lot of folks don't get is that religion is ritual. What makes people religions, like Muslims, Jews and Catholics, is not their beliefs, but their participation in ritual. Martin Luther caused a change in his insistence on Justification by Faith, where observance of ritual is secondary, unnecessary or even offensive, as in icon worship.

It follows that any government-imposed ritual is per se religious, including moments of silence, flag waving, pledges of allegiance and Veterans' Day parades. As an atheist and freethinker, I find them highly offensive and refuse to participate.

A government-sponsored "commercial Christmas" would be just as offensive as a "religious Christmas" imposed upon me by the Pope. Every citizen has the Liberty right to be free from such government assault, especially when he is forced to sponsor it through his taxes.

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