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December 08, 2008


John Sutton

You wanted a pro humanist message - try this.....

Atheism and agnosticism is an active and ethical philosophy far greater than any negative responses to religion. As an atheist you should live life based on humanity and reason and recognise that moral values are properly founded on human nature and experience alone. Base decisions on the available evidence and an assessment of the outcomes, not on any dogma or sacred text. Foster individual rights and freedoms but believe that individual responsibility, social cooperation and mutual respect are just as important.

People can and will continue to find solutions to the world's problems so that the quality of life can be improved for everyone. Be positive, gaining inspiration from life, art and culture, and a rich natural world. We have only one life and it is our responsibility to make it good, and to live it to the full.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The above was the second comment received from an individual who finally found a way to express himself without using ad hominen and invective. Agnostics and atheists can celebrate their faith--or lack thereof--but they should be respectful to others. Obviously, the first comment by John Sutton did not meet the criteria for comments to RFFM.org's postings and it was poor communication as well. Kudos, Mr. Sutton. I might not agree with you, but I respect your opinion, as long as you respect mine. Your message should be posted on the signs in Washington state, Wisconsin and, possibly, Illinois. It is a positive message, unlike what is currently on display in the previously mentioned states.

Julie Zanoza

EDITOR'S NOTE To Scott Otto:

I only censor comments with links, ad hominens and/or inappropriate language that's why your comment did not appear in this space. We do not censor any comments--as long as they adhere to policy. Unfortunately, those on the Left have a problem following these simple rules. For the record, there are many contrarian views expressed on RFFM.org, but we will not break the rules and be psychologically manipulated by the old "I don't expect you to print this..." That is a correct statement, regarding your comment, Mr. Otto. Clean it up and we'll post it.

By the way, the words "separation of church and state" do NOT appear in the Constitution or any other formal document created by the Founding Fathers. They appeared in a private letter from then-President Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury, Connecticut Baptist Association (see: https://rffm.typepad.com/republicans_for_fair_medi/2007/08/the-founding-fa.html) who were concerned the United States was going to become a one-denominational country. Jefferson allayed their fears, saying we are a Christian nation, but we will not become one-denominational like they experienced in England.

Dan Zanoza, Executive Director

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