12/28/2005: More about that 21st Century need for Enlightenment II
The New Yorker had this wonderful drawing of the cross-exam of scientist for I.D. -Michael Behe - by attorney -Eric Rothschild. [And we all KNOW how that turned out as a reaffirmation of the First Enlightenment and Principles of Scientific Inquiry.]
But via Huffington Blog is this other *reaffirmation* of both the *First* and the *New Enlightenment* on the meaning of the Holidays:
"...The recent debate about whether it is appropriate to say “merry Christmas” or “happy holidays” is yet another argument made by thoughtless religious people. It is yet another means to create a debate about the nature of Christmas in America. Those who advocate saying “merry Christmas” to a Jew or a Muslim are inconsiderate, thoughtless, and are advocating the superiority of their religious beliefs. Many of these people believe that the Founding Fathers were religious Christians.
They were not.
Most of them were Deists and abhorred the very teachings of Christian fundamentalists. A Deist is one who believes in the existence of a God or a supreme being but denies revealed religion, basing his belief on the light of nature and reason. Christmas was not even a national holiday until 1885.
It is amazing to me how much American religious tradition has regressed since the “age of enlightenment.” That was the period in which both the American and French Revolutions occurred.
It was a time in which the power of centralized religion was rejected.
It is also a period in which many social movements began to advance the cause of humanity here on earth. Hopefully, the rest of the 21st century will bring upon us a rebirth of the enlightenment period in the spirit of our Founding Fathers.
And when our Supreme Court Justices try to interpret the meaning of “freedom of religion” as written into the Bill of Rights, they will think about the intent and beliefs of those who were the writers of our Constitution. They were in the main Deists who rejected the dictates of organized religion."
Karen on 12.28.05 @ 06:45 AM CST