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Old 09-03-2012, 12:09 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Some times I'm scared if you get rid of religion we'll be faced with an even scarier truth... that people just believe this bigoted nonsense not BECAUSE of religion but in spite of religion. I'm not sure it's religion that makes people racist, homophobic of xenophobic. I feel like it comes from somewhere even deeper than that and religion is just an easy way of explaining it and not feeling like it's "your fault."
I understand that, but facing the truth is better in my opinion. I feel that if people are honest then forward movement, and acceptance, is more possible. If you asked someone "why don't you want gays to get married?" and they say "The bible." then how can you argue? They have most likely been indoctrinated and brainwashed by religion and have lost the ability to think logically.

If they say "because it's gross/wrong/unnatural/perverted" these are all statements that can be fairly easily refuted. It may not convince them, but at least it is a step forward.
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:11 PM   #32 (permalink)
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I understand that, but facing the truth is better in my opinion. I feel that if people are honest then forward movement, and acceptance, is more possible. If you asked someone "why don't you want gays to get married?" and they say "The bible." then how can you argue? They have most likely been indoctrinated and brainwashed by religion and have lost the ability to think logically.

If they say "because it's gross/wrong/unnatural/perverted" these are all statements that can be fairly easily refuted. It may not convince them, but at least it is a step forward.
I feel you Angie. I think religion has been divisive and destructive myself. I guess I was just thinking of that second scenario you illustrated. I don't think we'd be able to convince people to leave their ignorance behind even if they weren't clutching their bibles or Korans or whatever.
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:22 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Religion NO longer has place or use in the modern world other than to oppress groups of people.
Thankfully, adherence/devotion to organized religion is on the decline all around the world. It might take a while, but I think we will see in our life time, the collapse of organized religious faiths as people wake up and realize what wholesale fraud much of it is. It's already happening. Church parishes are going to the wall as attendences plummet and churches are having to amalgamate just to remain viable. Compensation claims against churches - both Prodestant and Catholic - are at an all time high and escalating as people call them out on their sins. People will only tolerate so much kiddy fucking until they start railing and baying for blood.

The Catholic and Prodestant will be reduced to the level of a cult and it will be apt to ask the question "Where's your Messiah now!?"
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Old 09-03-2012, 03:25 PM   #35 (permalink)
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religion is one of those places where we just can't damn have nice things. submission to service; radical love; forgiveness; mercy; grace. oneness. we're all headed somewhere--probably escaping as heat from our dead tissues--but, whatever it is we're doing, it gives meaning and gets done better when we do it together. Religion in times of lesser hysteria on a community level provides the safe space for those things to happen oftentimes being the only acceptable place to be vulnerable or get support during hard times. i think it was emotionally needful in my hometown for the miners to have a place to deal with their insides and a designated day to spend time with the reasons they were working so hard.

it's disappointing and in no way surprising we can't have these nice things stay nice.
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And I think that's the point of an atheist group. What if you can have all of the above without the underlying NON-acceptance and hate?

THAT'S the point of atheist meetings. Because it's the meetings part that everyone really needs.
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Old 09-03-2012, 04:38 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Old 09-03-2012, 05:40 PM   #38 (permalink)
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That is it Sparrow! It's time be be like "no, you fucked it up... and now we're taking it away."
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:48 PM   #39 (permalink)
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we're already in a civil war, it's crazy people with guns vs. the rest of us

no i don't think we should have a civil war, especially with nukes

but if we were what would we be fighting over:
gay rights?
pro-rights vs. pro choice?
coke vs. pepsi
east vs. west
etc.
What did we fight over with the first civil war? the North making it hard for the South to make money.
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Old 09-04-2012, 05:18 AM   #40 (permalink)
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Jesus says in Matthew 5:17 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil."
I wish that the Christians would remember this part of the bible. He never said that they should change the day of celebration from Saturday to Sunday. He wanted them to obey the old laws. There are some small groups of actual christians that worship the old holy days and on Saturday.

I am kind of biased being Wicca and wanting my holidays back. Easter, Halloween, Christmas, and the like I want back. Christ said nothing about putting up a tree in your house and clothing it. That is very pagan!
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