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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."


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.

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