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Steve: Secularism is a form of NOMA - Non-Overlapping Magistera - it assumes there is a spiritual aspect of our lives which is none of the state's business.

I can't go that far, Steve. The reason NOMA is wrong is because, as you point out, religious belief is a behavior of neural systems and can be studied. Having something be "none of the state's business" is a decision we make to protect us from a long history of the state being wrong. Perhaps, someday, we will be so advanced in our societies that we can come up with a better way, but for now secularism is the best we can do. But remember, even though crazy religion is protected from the state, it is open to our ridicule. Continuing to heap on that ridicule is our job to protect freedom.

Mon, 20 Feb 2012 05:03:51 UTC | #919884