Doug Johnson wrote, “The people I am most afraid of are those who need the fear of a higher power to prevent them from harming me. Good letter, Phil.”
Michael Day quipped, “nailed it phil.”
I think and hope Coldwell will continue to contribute, because he seems to be an authentic person who does not agree with me; nothing wrong with that. The key to a civic people is candid expression of civic needs and authentic attention to civic provisions--willingness to either collaborate or understand why some practices are uncivic, but they'll do it anyway. For example, murder is uncivic and unlawful, but infidelity is often only uncivic. Religious morals are personal and often conflict with civic morality, so each person must candidly express her/his civic needs in civic terms; otherwise, a civic people cannot candidly consider the need, understand the physics of it, and negotiate beneficial civic compromise. I think Coldwell is frank if neither candid nor humble.
In an online discussion on July 7, 2015, Christine Kooi wrote "'Secular' means areligious, not antireligious. See article 6 of the Constitution (no religious tests for public office)." OK, but I promote the preamble as a civic sentence. Its goals must be negotiated in civic terms--neither religious nor areligious.
I won’t brook "secular" for myself and wish no one liked it. I think it is a civic curse imposed by religion itself.. I have not discussed my opinion with A Civic People of the United States, so don’t know that they’ll agree with me.