I'd say the likelihood of the US becoming a totalitarian state (defined as a government where the head of state has sole ruling power) is near impossible, considering that the people there have had strong anti-dictatorial sentiments ever since the founding of the nation.
I don't really think you can predict what will happen 100 years from now. And even in a shorter period of time, military takeovers have often changed a nation's ideological decor. Do you think the rich bourgeois Russians in the early 1900s anticipated an anti-wealth society?
I think most atheists are, too.
I think most atheists most definitely are too.
It's the militant activists that don't.
I haven't heard anyone say this before. Calling terrorism "Islamic" is probably a much more prevalent issue in the US, considering that only a very tiny fraction of Muslims believe in committing such acts.
You may not have ever heard it because fortunately most people don't do that. It's the atheist activists that tend to do this. An example would be Richard Dawkins who associated all Abrahamic religion with the 9/11 attacks.
I haven't heard this argument, either. The only two Christian theocracies that I can think of off the top of my head are the Papal States and the Vatican (basically a reincarnation of the Papal States).
Yes, and that's what some atheists equate Christianity with. We have a gentleman posting on this very thread who equates religion (or Abrahamic religion) to the Spanish Inquisition. Although it's tough to tell how serious he is, as sometimes users will say certain things to get reaction. But off hand it appears he believes because I'm a Christian who reads the Bible, I may one day commit an act of terrorism, or persecute Muslim Americans. He may even say I'm basically a nice guy, but religion will make me do it.
Religion is not declining in North America. The claim is that Christian church membership is declining. If anything, religion is growing in North America.
Church decline is not going to be physically noticeable anytime soon. And shifting trends would probably reverse low church membership anyway. It's just like statistics claiming that traffic has declined during commute hours on a given freeway. It may sound encouraging to the
frustrated commuter, but it still takes him 2 hours to get home from work.
Plus, declining church membership is not necessarily a bad thing. Not everyone who belongs to a church is even a believer. And it's always been common for young adults to leave the church when they go off to college, or were simply never believers to begin with. What polls taken don't reveal are those who left and returned to the faith, and recent converts. Conversions are what cause Christianity to continue to grow. And to complicate matters, probably most converts were cultural Christians.
Christianity is growing in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The west has always been intrigued with Asian spirituality. Should this trend
continue, Chinese Christians will probably influence many westerners into converting to Christianity, as they are non-materialistic, just as many westerners have embraced Buddhism for much the same reason.
So it was a public ski resort, right?
Yes. The statue of Jesus on that ski resort in Montana is public. Just like the Japanese tea garden in San Francisco that displays a Buddhist statue on it's grounds.
Doesn't the constitution say, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof"?
Yes, it most certainly does. It's the second part of that declaration that is being ignored.
Are you aware that the founding fathers held church services every Sunday morning on government grounds?
What do you think the declaration has to do with the statue on the ski resort's grounds, or high school cheerleaders putting scriptures on signs?
If they're actively trying to censor Christian iconography just because they're Christian, then they're probably a fringe group.
Well I don't know. Do you consider The Freedom From Religion Foundation a fringe group? Because that's who we're talking about here.
Most atheists don't want an 'atheist nation' either. Most atheists tolerate people practicing their religions; they just disagree with it on philosophical terms.
Again I would have to agree with you. Most atheists don't want an atheist nation.
It's the militant activists that convey such desire.
I don't think it is.
Really? With respect, I don't get the impression you're from the U.S.
This link is not directly from American atheists who make this claim (I could certainly google for them), but this article referes to what's going on.
That is fine by atheists, most of whom believe in freedom of religion.
Yes. And again, most......