Look, I haven't mentioned Zeus, Buddah, or some religion.
Started by Recusant, January 17, 2020, 03:52:55 PM
QuoteAmid the rumbling drama of Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders' antipathy over what he did or didn't say about a female president, Pete Buttigieg's low energy, Joe Biden watching the clock over his allotted time, Amy Klobuchar's laconic wit, and Tom Steyer's devotion to plaid, the CNN/Des Moines Register Democratic debate this week featured a striking scene-stealer in the commercial breaks.There, a 2015 ad for the Freedom From Religion Foundation aired once again, featuring Ron Reagan, son of former President Ronald Reagan, declaring himself an "unabashed atheist," alarmed "at the intrusions of religion into secular government."He said he supported the FFRF in its mission to keep "state and church separate, just like the founding fathers intended." He signed off the commercial with the mic drop-worthy "Ron Reagan. Lifelong atheist. Not afraid of burning in hell."The contrast with Reagan's father could not be starker. As president, Ronald Reagan welcomed the "Moral Majority" evangelical vote. It flourished under his presidency—and President Trump benefits from and courts that same support today. Under President Reagan, church and state became inextricably intertwined and have remained so, with the Trump administration's backing of "religious freedom" and "religious liberty" as battering rams against LGBTQ rights and reproductive choice. Now Reagan's son—who traces the start of his atheism to his childhood—campaigns to separate church and state, two pillars his father helped meld. [Continues . . .]