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Harry Potter doesn’t believe in magic after all

February 13, 2012

I don’t do a lot of celebrity gossip here. It’s not my style. But I found a story through Google News today that I think is interesting. Daniel Radcliffe, of Harry Potter fame, is an atheist. In an interview with attitude magazine the 22 year old actor says this:

I’m not religious, I’m an atheist, and a militant atheist when religion starts impacting on legislation.

We need sex education in schools. Schools have to talk to kids from a young age about relationships, gay and straight. In Britain it’s better – more of a conversation is being had.

The tag line I’ve seen on a couple of stories on this is that Radcliffe has declared himself a “militant atheist,” which in some circles I suppose could be a slur. But if you read the quote carefully, he basically feels the same way a lot of us do. Which is to say, keep your religion out of my government.

If you’re guided by your beliefs and use them to help you make decisions, that’s great for you – I hope it helps you to be a better person. But don’t ever tell me that I should be forced to live by your moral standards or political vision because a man in the clouds says so. That’s bullshit.

Right on, Harry Potter…

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 3, 2013 2:20 am

    Well, that’s not “your” government, but everyone’s government, and religious people (and their votes) are included, whathever we like that or not.


    • February 4, 2013 7:03 pm

      People are certainly allowed to vote based on their religious beliefs if they want. Many people do and that’s fine. My problem is with those who want to use the political process to force my conformity to their personal belief system. Taking religion out of government still leaves religious people with both religion and government. Forcing religious view on others who don’t share them through government adds a huge consideration to the lives of the non-religious without their consent. Surely you see the difference. Thanks for commenting though. I appreciate the feedback.


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