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06/27/2011

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Jimbino

No, religion should have no special claims over those of non-religion. I'm a natural-rights, sometimes utilitarian, libertarian atheist who cannot tolerate the special place religion is accorded in our society.

I'm still waiting for an atheist (or even a protestant) on SCOTUS or in POTUS, atheist or humanist chaplains in our hospitals, military and prisons, and freedom from prayers, crucifixes, pledges of allegiance and moments of silence.

Until then, I consider religious folk who seek special privileges the enemies of freedom.

Jimbino

You refer to the special place of "conscience." To me, an atheist and scientist, there is no such thing as "conscience" any more than there is a "holy spirit."

My heroes, Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman, Hayek, von Mises and Murray Rothbard, not to mention Hitchens, Dawkins and Harris, don't spill a lot of ink on "conscience." It is, as we scientists say, a hypothesis that we "have found no use for."

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