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Any president who doesn’t begin every day on his knees isn’t fit to be commander in chief of this nation.

— Ted Cruz, at the National Religious Liberties Conference in Iowa on June 22, 2018

I don’t know what Ted Cruz believes or how he starts his day.

I also don’t know what Trump does when he gets up in the morning.

I am not a gambling man, but I’d put a lot of money on a bet that Trump does not believe in God and he does not start his day on his knees.

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Not playing football is not a sport.

Not collecting stamps is not a hobby.

Abstinence is not a sexual position.

Anarchy is not a form of government.

Not owning a gun does not mean you trample of the Second Amendment.

We’re all born naked and atheist, and then we slowly get indoctrinated to become something else. The word for atheism only exists because religion has become so prevalent and powerful over the ages, that non-religion is the minority.

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Oprah Winfrey recently hosted Diana Nyad, the long-distance swimmer who recently completed a 53-hour solo swim from Cuba to Florida, on her talk program. During the show, Diana declared herself an atheist. Apparently, Oprah didn’t like that. When Diana explained, “I can stand at the beach’s edge with the most devout Christian, Jew, Buddhist, go on down the line, and weep with the beauty of this universe and be moved by all of humanity. All the billions of people who have lived before us, who have loved and hurt and suffered. So to me, my definition of God is humanity and is the love of humanity.”

Oprah answered: “Well, I don’t call you an atheist then. I think if you believe in the awe and the wonder and the mystery, then that is what God is. That is what God is. It’s not a bearded guy in the sky.”

The discussion prompted outrage from many prominent atheists. It certainly made me bristle.

Oprah insults me when she says that because I can feel deeply, I have a sense of honor and justice, I can enjoy beauty, I am entranced by the mystery of nature and the universe, and I love of humanity, therefore I can’t be an atheist. It attaches stereotypes to atheists as a group without any further thought and contemplation, and proves a total lack of understanding of atheism.

It’s like me saying, Oprah, you’re a successful television personality, a wonderful actor, a self-made woman, a network tycoon, and you are very rich, therefore you must be white.

I wonder if Oprah has thought about it from that angle.

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I’ll tell you what you did with Atheists for about 1500 years. You outlawed them from the universities, or any teaching careers, besmirched their reputations, banned or burned their books or their writings of any kind, drove them into exile, humiliated them, seized their properties, arrested them for blasphemy. You dehumanized them with beatings and exquisite torture, gouged out their eyes, slit their tongues, stretched, crushed, or broke their limbs, tore off their breasts if they were a woman, crushed their scrotums of they were men, imprisoned them, stabbed them, disemboweled them, hung them, burnt them alive. And you have the nerve enough to complain to me that I laugh at you.

–Dr. Madalyn Murray O’Hair

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