3:00 PM EST, February 23, 2012
I am among the estimated 10 to 15 percent of Americans who are atheist. We are just as moral as any other group of Americans. As I read or watch the news on TV, I am filled with horror as our elected representatives kowtow to the persistent pressure from "good Christians" trying to force their beliefs on us and make the country a "Christian nation."
They are trying to force their religion into laws covering everything from civil marriage to contraception to a woman's decision whether to have an abortion.
Our Constitution's First Amendment and theU.S. Supreme Courtsupposedly built a legal wall between church and state. But the actions taken by our elected officials every day jeopardize our right to freedom from a forced religious agenda.
Each religion has its own body of principles. If members of the Christian religion determine that civil marriage, contraception and abortion are not in keeping with their religious beliefs, they can freely teach that to their members. No one is forcing them to marry someone of the same gender, use contraceptives or have a legal abortion.
By the same token, no citizen should be prohibited by law from enjoying these freedoms.
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