I found this video on the blog of "Friendly Atheist"... and loved it. It sums up very nicely what I 'believe' or stand by as my ethical code in life. Apparently the words were taken verbatim from Robert Green Ingersoll from 1887.
I can't help but get political. As I find my new bearings in my new value system, I find I become more and more interested in the political sphere. I care deeply about this country now that I have lived here for over ten years (as of last year), but it really disturbs me where this country is headed. I find that religion constantly weaves its way into government, which is not what the founding fathers wanted, despite all the Christian teaching against that piece of history. Now that I have been enlightened, I hold separation of church and state as the highest value our nation was founded on, even if it was a bit shady in the beginning. So, all this ranting brings me to the issue of women's rights and, yes, the smackdown on women that has been all over the news, particularly in the area of birth control. 99% of women in the United States use birth control. So why is there a DEBATE? The women's rights movement began nearly 100 years ago, it apparently is still an issue in this nation. *bafflement* And why? Oh, that little thing called Religion. Or just plain Misogyny. But since misogyny and religion normally go hand in hand, well...we are pretty much screwed as a nation until we can kick it to the curb.