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I honestly don't know if this is a revelation or sleep deprivation - One person's lack of compassion does not equal another's comfort.
One person's lack of comprehension does not equal another's consent.
I honestly don't know if this is a revelation or sleep deprivation
I just realized that there appears to be a moral fallacy with any religion that both promotes and abuses "The Golden Rule"

"Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You"

Would to my way of thinking be directly translated as.

"Impose Your Beliefs Upon Others (as Laws) As You Would Have Them Impose Theirs On You"

It is my understanding that this new Pope has a history of arm twisting maneuvers essentially dissallowing Catholics to properly do their job if that job conflicts with Catholic teachings, whether that job be a political one or say as a PHARMACIST. You can see where I'm going with this.

In some cultures a woman who is made pregnant out of wedlock is put to death. In Iraq simply showing her face in public can win the same fate. By imposing your own concept of morality on others you are essentially giving your approval for others to abuse you in a similar manner.

It is one thing for a Pope to be self-righteous, because that's essentially what he is elected to do; It's his job. As Americans it is our duty to our country, our people and the concepts of freedom and equality that this country was originally founded on, to NOT impose our beliefs on others, no matter what our religious views are, and that applies not only at the workplace but also in government. It doesn't matter if 60% of your country or 80% of your backwater town wants Christian prayer in the schools. If it offends the remainder it is still wrong. What if you lived in a primarily Other-Religion town and they wanted to force your children to participate in some ritual that offended you? Don't these people think? Don't answer that, it would probably keep me up longer.
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liatha From: liatha Date: April 22nd, 2005 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll answer it anyway, because I'm a bitch like that.

No. They DONT think. They are incapable of thinking.

They're called SHEEP for a reason.
fixx From: fixx Date: April 22nd, 2005 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
If the word treason is defined as a crime that undermines the offender's government (and it is!) then it stands to reason that people who follow a religion which has beliefs in opposition to the foundation of that country, and follow that religion so closely as to undermine the principles of that country and its people, are therefore guilty of treason.

Sorry to sound so heavy handed about this, but I'm getting fed up with living in a country supposedly founded on, among other things, "freedom of religion" that has come to mean "freedom to impose your religious beliefs on others". In saying this I'm not even trying to say it is really any worse now that it was 150 years ago or even 200 years ago, but since our country now has a broader range of religious and ethnic diversity, it seems to me that the definition of "freedom of religion" must broaden as well.

In other circles I am now hearing that Pagans/Wiccans are being denied tax deductions for items whose counterparts might be deductible in more commonly accepted religions. Personally, being more of an atheist than a pagan I thing people should not even be offered deductions for supplies catering to their religion as it isn't truly fair to those with no clearly defined religion. Suppose I choose to believe that I gain holiness though driving muscle cars, does that mean can buy my next car tax free?

When this country was founded there essentially was no tax and holding political office was considered its own reward, and certainly not a day-job. No doubt this led to some corruption as well, but not necessarily more than there is today. The concept of a tax deduction for religion is merely an underhanded way of funding the more popular judeo-christian church. It should be recognized as such.
liatha From: liatha Date: April 22nd, 2005 04:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Pardon the referance here but... you're preaching to the choir, m'dear.

I don't personally believe that religious organizations should be tax exempt.

But what you're failing to take into account here is the way our government adjusts definitions to suit itself. Evidence... the trained monkey's recent campaign of terror in which he and his keepers fervently equated disagreeing with him and/or voting against him with treason.

Our claim on being the "land of the free" is, in my opinion, extremely lacking in justification these days.
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