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David Norris

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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2 years 16 weeks

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Hi, Sarah! You're exactly right, and that's something I've been longing for and working to try and bring about for some time. Today in the London Telegraph, Tom Chivers wrote that instead of gloating over the decline of religion in Britain, secularists need to suggest something positive to replace it ( It's grown tiresome to point fingers and talk about how awful religion is and the harm is does. As I...


Quick correction -- my given name is David, not Philip. And sadly, no, I did not read your blog prior to your posting the link, but I have now. First let me say Thank You for voting "no" twice.

After reading some of the comments left on this post, I'm a bit perplexed and wondering how I could have better clarified some of my points. I understand why people of faith were the primary target for this campaign. It was a battleground demographic, with a lot of votes up for...

You left out the sentence that followed the one you quoted: "For these two groups and anyone who believes in these aims to not work together will only hold progress back longer." That includes Hindus, Christians, Jews, Muslims, librarians, doctors, lawyers, stay-at-home dads... the list goes on. We need to stop thinking in terms of labels and focus on the values and visions we share.

Hi Paul,

I think you're right about the historical attitudes towards atheism. A couple of months ago I finished Jennifer Michael Hecht's "Doubt: a history" in which she chronicles the history of non-belief throughout the Western world. Atheists have it so easy now compared to, say, the time of Voltaire, when one could still be executed for heresy. And as much heat as we do get from especially Evangelicals, society is becoming more tolerant of atheists and nonbelievers.



I'm amazed at how I've functioned all these years without a highly competent editor like yourself to interpret and clarify the meaning of my own words for me.

David Philip Norris

Posted on 11/02/12 at 12:30 pm in response to The marriage amendment and people of faith

This article by Mr. Rose is merely a regurgitation of talking points put out by organizations like Minnesota for Marriage and the National Organization for Marriage, and the SPLC-certified hate group The Family Research Council. While I respect their right to their opinion, religion has no place in the crafting of public policy, and this amendment never should have been put before the people of Minnesota in the first place. The First Amendment to our Constitution forbids government...

Posted on 10/27/12 at 04:56 pm in response to Many Christians do not see same-sex marriage as an issue of 'fairness'

I wish that there were more Christians like you in this conversation. As Virginia Mollenkott has said, "Apparently the Creator likes diversity a lot more than we human beings do."

The fact that my boyfriend Jason and I are both male instead of male and female. Or female and female. We had no control over that, who our parents were, or who we are attracted to.

Posted on 10/11/12 at 12:24 pm in response to Envisioning the morning after the marriage-amendment vote

Speaking of indifference... it's amazing what a mob mentality does to people.