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This site promotes the idea that nobody should be considered a second-class citizen because of their beliefs or lack of them. I am an atheist. Theoretically, I have the same rights as any other citizen in this country. However, there is a movement to change this status. This movement is called Dominionism, and it has been around in various forms since this country started. Before we became the United States, we were a set of colonies. These colonies were often set apart, in large part, by their religious beliefs. The Puritans had their own colony, the Quakers had theirs, and so on. This proved to be a very divisive aspect of the colonies, which is why when the United States was formed, Thomas Jefferson fought to keep the Constitution and the US Government secular. In his home state of Virginia, he passed the “The Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom” which stopped the Anglican Church from being an official state religion. He also worked to get the “Establishment Clause” in the 1st Amendment of the Constitution. James Madison followed on Jefferson in establishing a separation of church and state. He outlines his thoughts on the subject clearly in his “Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments” in 1785.

A secular government has been a mainstay of this country. Though this has been chipped away, most notably with the passage of bills in the 1950s which introduced “In God We Trust” as a national motto and inserted it on all currency, and the insertion of “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. More recently, there have been bills passed that use our tax dollars for “Faith-Based Initiatives” which amount to government funding of churches. There has also been heavy proselytizing of the US Military. All of this puts religion, especially Christianity, as a de facto special class of citizen, leaving all non-believers or non-Christians as second-class. This type of intolerance and bigotry goes against the basic values of this country.

  • Brett says:

    You are a fag to think you are an atheist. Satan believes in god so you do too you are just to stupid to realize it. Furthermore the downfall of this nation is people like you and members of the occult. You are an idiot.

    June 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm
    • nondescript says:

      Brett, The Tooth Fairy believes in Santa Claus, so that must mean that you believe in Santa without being smart enough to realize it.

      July 2, 2012 at 8:54 pm
      • LUIZBOSS says:

        HEY nondescript !!!!! SHUT THE F&%# UP!!!! sO RIDICULOUS YOUR COMPARATION….. HEY BRETT!!!! YOU ARE RIGHT. PERIOD.

        July 14, 2013 at 1:39 am
  • He gay says:

    ….ur gay guy who made this website

    January 13, 2013 at 10:46 pm
    • nondescript says:

      Sorry, but I’m not gay. In any case, I’m already married. Better luck elsewhere.

      October 16, 2013 at 3:02 am
  • Average American says:

    Well, Brett, being atheist doesn’t mean worshiping Satan. It means not believing in any gods or “higher entities.” So, I guess you’re just another blind Christian zealot trying to be a Conquistador. Sorry, that was thousands of years ago. Stop crushing the rebels!
    Listen to some Led Zeppelin!
    SHEESH!

    May 10, 2013 at 1:32 am
    • nondescript says:

      Thank you for your support. BTW, Led Zeppelin rocks!

      October 16, 2013 at 3:03 am
  • PaddyWhack says:

    Luisboss: Please keep in mind the old adage; “Better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt”.
    Your comment shows a lack of education, a paucity of vocabulary compensated for by a mouthful of foul language and an ignorance of great depth. And by the way, what does “paration” mean?

    November 9, 2013 at 10:37 pm
  • Lupin says:

    They must resort to personal attacks and bullying because they haven’t got any decent arguments. How sophomoric.

    November 15, 2013 at 11:56 am
  • Tex says:

    I respect your opinions, however I don’t agree with most of your views. I am a non-denominational Christian and have been for the past 8 years. I’m fine with your site, fine with your views, but please stop relabeling our money as “In Reason We Trust” instead of “In God We Trust”. I kinda found it offensive…just did, dunno why. So I relabeled it for you :)

    Ah yes, and you defaced government property. :3

    Oh also, America isn’t religiously (or lack thereof) segregated. If it was, one of us wouldn’t be able to express our opinions like we can and are right now. Just saying.

    Happy trails, and hope that one day you actually find Jesus before he finds you,
    -Tex

    November 20, 2013 at 2:54 am
    • nondescript says:

      Tex,
      Do you find stop signs offensive, or any other government signs that don’t happen to mention God? If not, I don’t see why you would find my altering of money offensive. Or perhaps, you can see why I might find religious claims on money offensive. Or perhaps you think that reason is more offensive than religious claims.

      November 21, 2013 at 1:26 am
  • Paul says:

    I am what is called a Diest. I dont believe in all that human created religions. That is exactly what they are: man made. Mostly created to generate money for themselves but also to give some people a sense of hope in something. I do believe there are more intelligent beings sonewhere in the universe. Maybe they even started life on this planet. Similar to the movie Prometheus. The “fag” comments and such are just ignorance showing itself.

    November 26, 2013 at 2:26 pm
  • Judy O'Connell says:

    I burned the dollar bill you defaced with your nonsense then I lit a church candle with it.

    December 17, 2013 at 10:45 pm
    • nondescript says:

      It’s your dollar.

      December 28, 2013 at 7:50 pm
  • Tex says:

    Yowch. I posted my opinion and you went into defensive mode immediately. And no, I don’t find stop signs offensive. I find it offensive when people deface/destroy them. And where do you get the whole “do I find any piece of government property that isn’t labeled with God offensive” from? Another thing, I do understand why you find “religiously-labeled” things offensive. That’s understandable, it ain’t that hard to figure it out. Also about the whole fear of reason thing, are you insane? Why would I e afraid of reason? In everything I do I have to be reasonable. I’m a police officer, I have to use reason when I’m at a scene and we have to investigate. It’s important to see both sides of the story and go with the one that seems either most promising or believable. I did the same thing with Christianty. I believe in what I believe because if I’m right and there is a God, and a Heaven, and a Hell, then I have nothing to lose and everything to gain. I gain righteousness, purity, and tons other things. However, if I were of the atheistic persuasion, and I compared it to Christianity (like I already have) if I’m right then I’m right. YOLO. You only get one life, then that’s it. But if I’m wrong, I have everything to lose. I lose my rewards, my safety, my comfort, my reassurance, my peace, my REASON. I do have a few things to gain though, eternal damnation. Fire and brimstone. An eternal swim in the Lake of Fire. Things that I don’t want, things you could never imagine on Earth. And let me tell you, Christianity sounds a lot more promising. I reasoned it out. Ah, one more thing before I go, I’ve been shot at, I’ve been stabbed twice, and I’ve almost been blown up. I like to think that God was there, protecting me throughout those times. He’s always been there, watching. I’ve been out here for a real reason and I probably won’t find out what that reason is for a long time, or I may find out tomorrow. My God is good, and I will believe that *forever*.

    January 2, 2014 at 6:26 am
    • nondescript says:

      I’m not being defensive. I’m just wondering why you find that my “defacing” of money is offensive. Do you also object to the “WHere’s George” website? http://wheresgeorge.com If you haven’t heard of it, that’s a website that tries to track where dollar bills go by having people put the Where’s George URL on the bill. It’s done for fun and causes no real harm. Banks also mark up bills. Is that also offensive to you, or is your real objection that I’m crossing out “God”?
      Really, I’m just trying to understand where you’re coming from.
      As for the rest of your post, I really don’t get that line of reasoning. First, I can’t really choose to believe that a god exists. Either I’m convinced or I’m not. It isn’t a matter of picking a side because of potential gains. If a god did exist, I highly doubt that pretending that I am convinced would work with it. Then there is also the risk of picking the wrong god and making the “real” one upset about that. I just don’t see how you could be a Christian based on odds.
      I do agree that you only live once. So, I try to make the best of this one life I have. I’m not going to waste it on the off chance that there is a better one afterwards.
      And lastly, thank you for your work. Policemen are too undervalued and underpaid for what they do.

      February 8, 2014 at 7:43 pm
  • Tex says:

    Oh and Happy New Year. I hope your Christmastime was nice, too.

    Legitimately being nice. I mean, we’re all people, aren’t we?

    January 2, 2014 at 6:29 am
    • nondescript says:

      I had a great time this holiday season. I hope you had a good one, too.
      Please check out my radio show. If you are in Fairfax, VA, you can hear it each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm on COX channel 37. It is also streamed live at http://radiofairfax.com
      I agree with your sentiment. We are all just people. That’s why on my show, I try to have good discussions with clergy, theologians, and other believers. There is no religion bashing or personal attacks, just lively conversation.

      February 8, 2014 at 7:47 pm

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