Secularism v. religious privilege July 15, 2012Posted by shaunphilly in Culture and Society, Religion.
Tags: religious privilege, separation of church and state
QualiaSoup is among my favorite YouTubers (others include Evid3nc3, The Thinking Atheist, Darkmatter2525, NonStampCollector, and of course the vlogbrothers). His analyses of various issues are coupled with helpful visual components which make his arguments powerful and compelling. Here’s the latest:
And while this video focuses on the United Kingdom, the principles are pretty universal, and thus apply to the United States as well.
I have worked with Separation of Church/State groups and have done activism on this front, along side my atheist activism, for a long time. Because I live in a relatively liberal part of the country (and world), I tend to not feel the cultural necessity to keep the pressure on such issues as strongly, and local groups here are not as active as they are elsewhere (like they are in the Midwest, the South, and specifically Austin, TX). But keeping secularism as a goal and ideal is important to me, and I think we need to remember that there is a fight right now against religious privilege, who are framing it as the right to their religious freedom.
It’s not religious freedom that is being fought for by conservatives and their religious allies; it’s religious privilege. Secularism is the solution to religious privilege, and does not threaten religious freedom at all.