In a recent interview on David Viviano’s “Atheist Hangouts”, Kluwe had this to say about his ex-coach's comments and religious beliefs:
“I think that might have been a factor in it because I know that especially with Christianity there is very much, you know, a lot of stuff in the Old Testament about, you know, stone the gays, don’t allow it, homosexuality is a sin, stuff like that,” Kluwe replied. “And it is really unfortunate because there is a lot of very nice people who are Christians who don’t believe that, but there are also a lot of very not nice people who are Christians who do believe that, and they give the other Christians a very bad name.”
Kluwe further spoke out against the rise of fundamentalism in this country:
“Fundamentalism is never a good thing in history,” he said. “Fundamentalism leads to really terrible things, and so my position has always been: I don’t have any problem whatsoever with religion, I have no problem whatsoever with whatever your beliefs are, all I care about are your actions. What do your actions say about you as a person? Because that is the only way any of us can ever judge each other.”
Kluwe even warned that America could be headed into a theocracy, something many other secular advocates have said themselves. Author CJ Werleman had this to say about the Christian rights desire for the future of America, writing for Alternet:
“The recent Values Voter Summit demonstrated that the likely 2016 GOP frontrunners have a base wish to transform America’s secular state into a tyrannical theocracy — a nirvana absent gays, liberals, immigrants, Muslims and science books.”
This is the future of America unless secularists, atheists, and humanists get off our hands and take to the streets, take to the polls and start running for office.
It is no illusion it is nearly impossible for an atheist to get elected in this country, but as long as we are afraid to run, it’s even more impossible.
While we are arguing about the word God on a dollar bill, the religious right is dismantling secularism one brick at a time. They also know there are two Americas and like us, they want to destroy the foundation of the other. They want all same-sex marriage laws overturned and are fighting at the federal level to do so, they want all women’s rights removed and they are fighting at the federal level to do so.
So heed the warning of those like Chris Kluwe and CJ Werleman. Stand up for the oppressed in our nation, because if we do not act now, we will lose the fight and lose all the secular values that have the potential to turn this nation into the greatest and safest nation for all people, regardless of who you love or what reproductive organs you have and turn it into a Christian version of Iran.
Constitutional law will be removed and replaced with Biblical law, and if any of you have read the Bible, you know what a treat that is.
Dan Arel is a writer and author focusing on science, politics and religion. He is a contributing writer for the Richard Dawkins Foundation and blogs for the Huffington Post and Danthropology. You can contact Dan though his website www.danarel.com, follow him on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter @danarel.