Communal Expressions Of Meaning

Right wing religious people frequently state that religion and/or prayer is necessary in the public for a "communal expression of meaning." Austin Cline has posted on this topic, and he shows that even some atheists are in agreement on this opinion. This blogger has a few other suggestions for "communal expressions of meaning:"

  • Revert back to the original national motto "E Pluribus Unum" ("out of many, one"). It's certainly more "communal" (unifying) than "In God We Trust."
  • Publicly read excerpts from the US Constitution.
  • Publicly read secular quotes (there are many) from the Founding Fathers. While many of the Founding Fathers were Deists and some were Christian, religious quotes are, by their very nature divisive.
  • Publicly read quotations from scientists expressing their awe at the magnificence of reality.
  • Publicly read quotations from secular philosophers regarding the formation of personal meaning within a free and democratic society.

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