A Voice for Deists Agnostics and Atheists
A Voice for Deists, Agnostics and Atheists The following quotes are from Thomas Paine, Deist and founding father of America, who drafted the First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution in 1787: “My country is the world and my religion is to do good. I believe in one God and no more . . . . I do not believe in any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church. [God guides us by the gift of Common Sense.] “
“All national institutions of churches . . . appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind and monopolize power and profit.” First Amendment in the Bill of Rights to the U. S. Constitution: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
In order to better understand where agnostics and atheists are coming from, your instructor has required you to virtually attend a presentation by Ron Reagan, the son of President Ronald Reagan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-h922B3Svzw, watch this FFR commercial –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7INIhD9P0Pw and respond to the following prompts in a minimum of 500 words. 1. On a scale of 1 – 10 gauge your own feelings about what Ron Reagan says. (from a 1 if “he will or should go hell” to a “10” for “I couldn’t say it better myself” or a number in-between.).
In a couple of paragraphs briefly explain your rating. 2. Are you tolerant of his position and would defend his right to express it? Do you feel he would be as tolerant of your position and right to proselytize it as freely?3. If you were his friend, would you feel there was mutual respect between you two? In a couple of paragraphs explain how you reached those three conclusions.