Someone claimed that my post regarding Only Buddhists and Atheists was stating that all atheists are as evil as Stalin, Lenin, Pol Pot, and Mao. That certainly is an interesting misinterpretation and certainly was not my intent. My intent was to show that the vast majority of the evil of the 20th century did occur because of atheists in power. This is a fact.
The problem that non-Christians have with Christians being in political power is that some Christians want to take away some rights (e.g., abortion) and want to blur the line between church and state (e.g., Bush’s faith based charities). This is a fact. And that is why I contend that government should not be allowed the power or authority to take away rights: abortion, guns, freedom of speech, privacy (5th amendment protections), or any other right..
I will contend that my position is the classical liberal / liberty position as opposed to the, for lack of a better description, neo-fascist liberal position that wants to control what people say (college speech codes), what people eat (fatty foods), what people smoke (tobacco), and what people do (too numerous to mention).
The scary part is that the classical liberal establishment that has traditionally been there to safe guard liberty from the encroachment of government tends to turn a blind eye when those encroachments are being conducted by someone who calls themselves “liberal” (even though they clearly are from the neo-fascist side of the house).
Specifically, how much hue-and-cry was [rightly] heard when Bush had his warrantless searches? How much hue-and-cry is there when Obama does an even worse job than Bush with regards to warrantless searches?
We [rightly] heard endlessly about how Bush was trashing the U.S. Constitution. Most of those same complaints can be lodged against the current administration and even more complaints piled on (Gitmo, warantless searches, controlling wages, targeting a small subset of the population for new confiscatory taxes).
I shouldn’t have to say this, but I voted against Bush in every election that I had the opportunity to. But I’m not so blind or so stupid to believe that the enemy of my enemy is my friend. The current crop of Democrats [sic] are not the friend of liberty. Just because it was called the German Democratic Republic doesn’t mean that it was either democratic or a republic.