I couldn't care less what religion they use for their opening prayer.
To my mind they shouldn't be praying on government business.
Nor should elected, military, or civic oaths be sworn in with a hand on a bible "So Help Me God,"
An oath in any government cerimony if anything should have the participant swear an oath to the U.S. Constitution.
Raising the right hand and placing the left hand on the bible as a ritual is silly to me.
Did Mitt Romney place his hand on the Book of Mormon when he was sworn in as Governor of Massachusetts?
Stephen, Chris, Tom. Are any of you registered Republicans.
I'm a pragmatist, Lauren. I had a pro-Equal Rights Amendment Repub mom and a Dem dad. I'm active in church-state separation organizations.
What do you know of the 1950s Repub Party? It had a Western conservative vs. Eastern moderate battle going. The Birchers had not yet taken the Party and it was still rational.
In 1952 and '56 I voted for Eisenhower. In 1957 I quit Catholicism for agnosticism. I heard the damn-fool purist Birchers call Eisenhower a communist and saw them expel moderates. After the Goldwater disaster I saw a desperate-for-bodies Bircher-run party recruit Southern Dems. They brought their racism to the Party.
In computer manufacturing, I was a migratory worker. Where either party always won in the generals I registered to vote in its primaries. So in Phoenix from 1969-76, with the state Party split between pre-WW2 agricultural interests and post-WW2 manufacturing interests, I connected with a Young Repub activist civil engineer/attorney. In 1974 I ran in the Repub primary for the House. Most first timers won ~300 votes, I won 1800 and the incumbent 4000.
In 1980 I worked in John Anderson's campaign.
The racist and still desperate-for-bodies Repubs invited the unthinking but obedient relig. right to join the party. I haven't voted Repub since.
I want employees to own the companies they work for. America will then have a more humane capitalism. It's coming, but slowly.
Where are you in the ailing Repub Party?
BTW, Lauren, both parties are corrupted by money. Where are you on this?
Hi Tom. Thank you for your feedback. That is interesting you ran for a political position. My parents were never politically involved. I've been learning about the history of these parties through my own research.
At this point in time I am primarily concerned about mass migration overseas as well as suppression of conservative speakers on college campuses, and generally suppression of free speech which has been more commonly supported by the Democratic platform. For a decade I casually identified as Libertarian but during the last two years I've decided to become more politically involved and that entailed joining a stronger party that I generally agree with. So here I am representing the Republican party.
Republican Atheists has two board members, New Hampshire Republican State Representative Brandon Phinney and Atheist speaker Bob Price. We all have similar background in terms of having more conservative values and are attempting to build a platform to bring more awareness to secularism in the Republican Party.
Sorry Lauren but I'm not an American, I'm from the UK and we have a conservative party and they are currently in power. I support the Labour party a Democratic Socialist group.