Marco Rubio: divides us while talking about unity.

Marco Rubio doesn’t place a premium on his time.  For instance, a couple nights ago he could’ve just said, “Fuck you, atheists,” before dropping the mic and walking off.  Instead, he wasted all sorts of time giving this speech.

We are special because we’ve been united not by a common race or ethnicity. We’re bound together by common values. That family is the most important institution in society. That almighty God is the source of all we have.

Special, because we’ve never made the mistake of believing that we are so smart that we can rely solely on our leaders or our government.

Our national motto is “In God we Trust,” reminding us that faith in our Creator is the most important American value of all.

And special because we’ve always understood the scriptural admonition that “for everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required.”

We are a blessed people. And we have honored those blessings with the enduring example of an exceptional America.

Like selling intellectual meth to addicts.

We are special because we’ve been united not by a common race or ethnicity. We’re bound together by common values.

Who is this “we” Rubio is talking about?  To me, it seems we can hardly agree on any values, even the ones we should.  What is our common value on gay marriage?  Abortion?  Is Rubio unaware that the Republicans are jockeying to represent Americans who do not share his “common” values?  They will be voting against Mitt Romney on account of it (and if Romney loses, we’ll find out that most of his values weren’t even popular).

If there’s a common value under which we should unite, it should be that compassion is the cornerstone of our humanity.  But the Republicans can’t even get that far: ask the LGBT community. Ask the Chinese workers in Mitt Romney’s sweatshop.

We should unite under the obvious and non-negotiable principal that reason is humanity’s salvation, but try telling it to the party that denies science and guts education.

Likewise, we should all unite under the separation of church and state to ensure that all our lives can be run in accordance with our own religious beliefs (or lack thereof), not the beliefs of whatever religious party is in power.  This would be undeniably obvious to any Christian were they a minority.

There can be no moral consensus without a good means of separating good ideas from bad.  But as long as so many people ditch reason for faith, how can we ever reach that consensus?  As long as people can say, “Yes, reason would render this belief false, but I have faith” how can we ever agree on anything, including right and wrong?  Sure Marco, there are common values amongst your sect, but when talking about how special Americans are on account of those values, let’s not get crazy referring to the people holding them as “we” as though you’re talking about Americans on the whole.  By doing so, you’re painting those who do not hold those values (and are therefore not special) as “them” and you are necessarily setting yourself against a large portion of the population whose protection and well-being could one day be your charge.

That family is the most important institution in society.

Families are great.  But just like you can say “I love you” in a tone that effectively communicates “Go to hell,” so too can someone praise the family with a sentence like that and actually mean that we should keep families from forming.  What of families for LGBT people?  That is what Rubio was getting at; that somehow his narrow view of what constitutes a family is so important that we must keep other Americans from getting married – otherwise people might get the idea that his marriage isn’t so special.  And all those warm feelings of righteousness for the straight and faithful costs America is equality, paid by the people not included in Rubio’s “we.”

Marriage, it turns out, is so important to America that it must be kept from that rabble.

The message to millions of Americans is that families are important, that’s why you can’t have one.

That almighty God is the source of all we have.

Makes you wonder why we even have a government, doesn’t it?  Why even come up with new ideas, since god hands them to us?  And factories?  Perhaps we should blame the unemployment problems on god for not building more of them.  And boy, have we ever been running around behind god’s lazy ass and doing all the stuff he’s been putting off.

Unless, of course, everything in our history is the product of human ingenuity and hard work and you’re trying to give god the credit for what we fucking did.

Special, because we’ve never made the mistake of believing that we are so smart that we can rely solely on our leaders or our government.

Wait, human beings have been inventing stuff and building everything in America when god, who is supposed to be the source of all we have, hasn’t done shit, and now we want to rely on the guy?  This is bad policy.

And Rubio, are you saying that Romney actually can’t handle the office of president, but that shouldn’t bug us because god’s going to step in and fix all the things he’s too incompetent to manage?  You’re not doing a good job of selling this guy.

Our national motto is “In God we Trust,” reminding us that faith in our Creator is the most important American value of all.

This just in: I’m an atheist, and Marco Rubio can kiss the fattest part of my American ass.

Faith is a vice that allows people to believe any nonsense they wish to the exclusion of evidence.  There is literally no position with regards to religion, politics, economics, or what have you that is so unfathomably stupid that it cannot be defended by recourse to faith.  A worldview that can incorporate the foolish as well as the wise is an embarrassment, and any candidate holding such a humiliating intellectual failure aloft, not to apologize for it, but as our greatest value above things like hard-work, intelligence, and integrity, is unfit to lead a nation.

As for “In God We Trust,” it was adopted as our national motto in 1956 as a sneer at the Russians. Kind of like how people will say, “I’ll pray for you” after you’ve just spent a half hour establishing that their facts and reasoning are equal parts bullshit.  We’re repeatedly told what a magnificent virtue it is to pray, often in the same breath they turn it into a put down that means little more than “Daddy loves me most!”

That’s what “In God We Trust” means to America.

Your party is vying for the job of representing all Americans.  That includes atheists.  We are not second class citizens, no matter how much the believers to whom you’re appealing would like us to be.  How on earth can any honest person talk about how Americans are united right before excluding a solid portion of its citizenry in the way Rubio did?

Just…fuck.  This is why this “In God We Trust” bullshit has to go.

And special because we’ve always understood the scriptural admonition that “for everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required.”

So, about those tax cuts for the richest people…

It’s enough to make any decent person vomit blood.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • http://myoldnewhouse.blogspot.com/ K.B.

    In school, we learned that the motto of America was “E Pluribus Unum”. When did this change? I’m really asking – I’m Canadian, so I might have missed something or some context.

    I’m pretty sure ours is still “A Mari Usque Ad Mare”… [running off to check]

    • http://myoldnewhouse.blogspot.com/ K.B.

      I guess I should clarify – I know the “adopted in 1956″ thing, but did the USA just change it? Add a second motto? Can a country just change a motto?? :)

      • http://orbitalteapotlaser.blogspot.com Keith Nielsen

        E Pluribus Unum was the unofficial motto up until 1956, it had never been declared so in law. This link tells how “In God We Trust” became the official motto:
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_God_we_trust

  • JohnH

    ” A worldview that can incorporate the foolish as well as the wise is an embarrassment, and any candidate holding such a humiliating intellectual failure aloft, not to apologize for it, but as our greatest value above things like hard-work, intelligence, and integrity, is unfit to lead a nation.”

    Considering as how most leaders of nations through out most of time and the majority of people through out time have had some faith that they adhere to then this sentence is in effect saying that only ubermensch atheists are fit to lead the untermensch faithful. Luckily for us, and unluckily for all of those that have lived under such regimes, this bigotry against the faithful has been tried multiple times in the recent past with results that some would call predictable. However, given the nature of the middle ages and other times when religion has ruled exclusively then I am left wondering if the difference in forced executions between militant atheists and militant faithful is merely a matter of the atheists living in an age of industrial warfare. Regardless of which side is more drenched in blood, I think the safest test of religion that could be applied is that any that would exclude others because of their faith (either having it, not having it, or being different from their own) are the ones that are truly unfit to lead the country, though there more moderate brothers in faith or anti-faith should certainly be allowed to lead.

    • Amyc

      I don’t think JT was advocating for any kind of “forced” atheism. He was advocating that we should be placing value in our leaders’ hard-work, intelligence and integrity, and not on whether or not they believe in the correct god. Holding up faith as the most important virtue is what he has a problem with.

  • J*

    How is “In God We Trust” being our motto not unconstitutional? That’s been bugging me.

    • Ted Seeber

      It’s only unconstitutional to somebody who has a philosophy of reductionism.

      • sqlrob

        What about the polytheists? Or Ultraorthodox that only say G-d?

      • DSimon

        Dude, seriously, dictionary time. The word “reductionisim” has an actual meaning. Please stop using it solely as a way of making your ad hominems look more substantial.

    • hotshoe

      It’s because the religious have perjured themselves in front of US district courts that “In God We Trust” is only ceremonial, not actually religious, that it is merely a patriotic reference to our glorious history. And since the US Supreme Court are all theists, they have comfortably upheld the religious lie while refusing to hear the constitutional question.

    • John Horstman

      The short answer is that laws aren’t stably constitutional or not but are RULED constitutional (or not) by judges once they are challenged in court, so you’re sort of asking the wrong question. As for why it hasn’t been RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL, it’s because our country is infested with disingenuous theists who love the idea of theocracy as long as it’s their religion(s) that are being institutionalized, though the specifics are much more complicated.

  • Ted Seeber

    Our common value should be reality. Too bad fundamentalists and atheists seem to disagree.

    • http://yetanotheratheist.com TerranRich

      As an atheist, I certainly don’t disagree. Reality has been my main personal value for quite some time now.

    • Amyc

      Are you saying they disagree about reality being a value, or that they disagree on what constitutes reality?

    • sqlrob

      Agreed, reality should be paramount.

      Step 1: Prove your god is real.

      • sqlrob

        And Ted, please be polite to your new host and don’t present arguments he’s debunked before.
        That would be including, but not limited to:
        Ontological
        Cosmological
        Argument from personal experience
        Argument from the Bible (without independent corroborating sources. To make thing simpler, there aren’t any)
        First Cause

        Please support everything with evidence.

  • ewok_wrangler

    How about this: “Hey Marco! God didn’t build that! WE BUILT THAT!”

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