Originally Posted by Odysseus
It would require a rare type of honesty that is unheard of in politics.
Not to beat a dead horse, but...this is yet another reason religion needs to stay out of politics.
Religion doesn't rely on facts, it relies on faith. If your own life is governed by a world view that your view is the only view that can ever be right, and that world view is based on something that is impossible to verify, it stands to reason (there's that pesky word again) that not only you will reject anything that goes against your world view, but that you will view indisputable facts with skepticism at the very least, but more than likely with hostility.
This is why we saw people put to death for having the gall to suggest that the earth was flat and not the center of the universe. This is why people bomb abortion clinics because someone who may lose their life as a result of a pregnancy has the nerve to make the difficult decision of ridding themselves of a collection of cells that one day has the potential to become a child, but at the cost of her own life. This is why women get stoned to death for having the audacity to educate themselves about the world around them. This is why people suggest that someone be "re-educated" when they give in to that shameful vice of lust and fall in lust with someone of their same gender. Or is it love?
It is why when people hear "Latino" they think "Illegal". It is why when people hear "woman" they think "vagina". It is why when people hear "gay" they think "fag".
It is also why when people hear China, or Russia, or the Middle East, or Korea, or Europe, or Mexico, or ****ing Canada
, they think "enemy".
view is right. There can be no other. It isn't even "if you aren't with me, you're against me", it's "if you aren't me
, you're against me".
Unfortunately, at least for our lifetimes, we are resigned to the ignorance, stupidity and downright evil that religion has wrought upon the human race since the beginning of time. But things are looking up. Religious participation is down in the United States. Religious identification is down in the United States. And we are a free society with a government that, at its core, is conducive to secularism. It is my hope, and my feeling that my children, or at the very least their children, will benefit from a truly secular society in their lifetimes. Any work I do in the meantime to further the goals of the secular movement in the US, I will consider my gift to my descendants. It may not be a gift such as those who have fought in the defense of our country over the generations, but the result will hopefully be the same: true freedom.