Our good friends at First Freedom First are releasing some powerful new advertisements for the upcoming primary elections, and they pose a really interesting question. Let’s listen to one ad, shall we?
So here’s what the FFF peeps would ask:
- Leaders on the religious right often say that America is a “Christian Nation.” Do you agree with this statement?
- Do you think Houses of Worship should be allowed to endorse political candidates and retain their tax exempt status?
- Do you think public schools should sponsor school prayer or, as a parent, should this choice be left to me?
- Would you support a law that mandates teaching creationism in my child’s public school science classes?
- Do you think my pharmacist should be allowed to deny me doctor-prescribed medications based on his or her religious beliefs?
- Will you respect the rights of those in our diverse communities of faith who deem same-gender marriage to be consistent with their religious creed?
- Should “faith-based” charities that receive public funds be allowed to discriminate against employees or applicants based on religious beliefs?
- Do you think one’s right to disbelieve in God is protected by the same laws that protect someone else’s right to believe?
- Do you think everyone’s religious freedom needs to be protected by what Thomas Jefferson called “a wall of separation” between church and state?
- What should guide our policies on public health and medical research: science or religion?
In addition to these questions, I think I would ask:
- Do you think Abstinence-only sex education is working in our public schools?
- Do you think public schools should include religious study, or as a parent, should that be my choice?
- Do you think libraries should censor information?
So what would you ask?
Consider this a pseudo-meme. Post this video on your blogs and ask the question of your readers, and add your own questions. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to ask the question in the comments here at MPS.
And please give the folks at First Freedom First a visit, and sign the petition. They are doing such good works for all of us. (I know we are a mixed lot at MPS: Christians of all stripes and hues, Jews, some Wiccans, Unitarians, and so many others. We also have a long list of atheists and agnostics, too. FFF cuts across all those boundaries.)
EDIT: I’m floating this on top today – I think it is important to keep it visible.