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People just can’t wrap their head around it. All they need to do is look back at how pissed Christians were that the founding fathers didn’t make the foundation documents revolve around ‘god’ language. 50 years ago Christians started PRETENDING this was a christian nation….
‘The mighty Crom commands that man must stay on earth. This is why when we jump, we don’t get very far. I find it very insulting that when science covers the theory of gravity, Cromism is never even mentioned. I went to the Board of Education demanding that my sacred religious beliefs be included in science. Not doing so was an infringement of my religious freedom. I was told that science requires empirical evidence, observation, experiment, the scientific method. I found this very confusing. Crom is the creator of the universe! It says so right here in the sacred scripture! You dare think that you have authority over the one who created you!’
‘Certainly there are many connections between the Inquisition and more recent institutions. But Murphy strains to connect the Inquisition to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, to McCarthyism, to the “dirty war” in Argentina, to the proliferation of security cameras in present-day Britain—in short, to practically any and every relatively recent infringement upon civil liberties.’
‘For the vast majority of human history, the only form of government was the few ruling over the many. As human societies became settled and stratified, tribal chiefs and conquering warlords rose to become kings, pharaohs and emperors, all ruling with absolute power and passing on their thrones to their children. To justify this obvious inequality and explain why they should reign over everyone else, most of these ancient rulers claimed that the gods had chosen them, and priesthoods and holy books obligingly came on the scene to promote and defend the theory of divine right.’
‘We can consider the existence of god to be a scientific hypothesis and look for the empirical evidence that would follow. Many of the attributes associated with the Judaic-Christian-Islamic God have specific consequences that can be tested empirically. Such a God is supposed to play a central role in the operation of the universe and the lives of humans. As a result, evidence for him should be readily detectable by scientific means.’
Read more: Religion vs Science: The God Hypothesis
‘KONY 2012: Joseph Kony is a Ugandan guerrilla group leader, head of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a group engaged in a violent campaign to establish theocratic government based on the Ten Commandments throughout Uganda.’
‘If Romney were interested in promoting the best health outcomes for his fellow citizens, he would support laws that provide good access to birth control and emergency contraception. This might contradict his professed beliefs, but it would more fully fulfil his presidential duty. Instead, Romney is putting religious purity, of one kind, ahead of American health.
And this is not uncommon. Once we begin with a metaphysical hypothesis - that a benevolent god created all things, for example - it takes little to smuggle more beliefs and values into this supernatural cache. This is what I have described elsewhere as metaphysical sleight of hand. These beliefs and values are then unchallenged by new evidence or arguments: they are too pure to sully with empirical or logical contradictions.’
‘Over the years, atheists, agnostics and skeptics of organized religion have taken a lot of high-profile stands in favor of the separation of church and state. Many Jews have been active in this area as well, and these days the ranks of church-state defenders are being augmented by Pagans, Wiccans, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and other religious minorities.
But we shouldn’t overlook the many members of the Christian clergy who have buttressed the church-state wall and those who still do so today. In fact, we might not have that wall at all if it weren’t for them.’
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