Religious Fervor is on the March!
Maine ok'd same sex marriage, and the soul savers are out now to have a referendum on it.
It's important for the religious right who really believe that if it ever becomes the law of the land, there will be god's revenge by:
Wild fires and earthquakes on the West Coast, particularly in California
Avalanches throughout the Mountains
Tornedos in the midWest
Hurricanes on the East Coast
The God(s) are angry. No?
The Gods may be angry, Joe, but I think it's because we continue to pollute the air & water on our planet. That's All of Us, not just one small segment of our population.
Matt Savoie~Soul Skater
Thank you Joe for showing maturity. I'm a Christian & you don't sound like you really know any of us.
The Zamboni Rocks!!!
This stuff happens every year. What's the big deal? It's not the gods that are angry and it's not god's revenge...Mother nature is pissed off!!
Originally Posted by Joesitz
Da' Spellin' Homegirl
As you well know, I'm a Christian and have never heard of that revenge. I know there's a GOD and the punishment comes at death. You either go to Heaven or Hell. He forgives if you ask for it.
That's my point!
Originally Posted by sillylionlove
Granny - nicely said and its in the personal beliefs area which I approve of - not the religious groups who want to make Religion the Law of the Land.
Czarina - I just don't believe that Religion should rule the earth.
merrywidow - Wouldn't that be more appropriate to do something about the environment rather than worry about 2 people getting married?
Rooting for the divas with Kwanford
Frankly, I see a lot more anti-religious fervor than religious fervor these days. Atheism can be as fanatical and exclusive as any religion. I watched part of a debate between Christopher Hitchens and a Christian pastor the other day. It was remarkable how respectful and rational the pastor was compared with how downright nasty and irrational Hitchens was. Hitchens was relying on putdowns, emotional rhetoric and his nifty Oxbridge accent. I thought it was disgusting.
There is no fear of religion becoming the law of the land in this country. Our Constitution prevents that. But that doesn't mean religious folks shouldn't play a part in public affairs like any other group. That would violate the right to free speech. Where is all the concern about how Muslim groups are using anti-discrimination laws to silence free speech? Is it only traditional Christians who are a problem?
Last time I recall Christian religious fervor being on the march in a big way was the civil rights movement. Did you have a problem with that, Joe? Or is it only a problem when you don't agree with them?
I don't think its religion or faith that's the issue... its the wacked out Right who have decided that they and only they have the ability to know what God finds sinful. I am a devout Christian and I believe in evolution, science and God's judgement. What my faith requires of me is the following:
- Marriage is a holy union. Marriage is a contract. And is described as such in the bible.
- Man made the laws and places the blame on God.
- God's week and my week are vastly different. You can't believe in divine order and then decide that God must work on your timetable
- The Catholic church reduced the books of the bible down to the basics. Its like comparing Danielle Steel's Zoya to War & Peace. Both dealth with the Russian Revolution but in vastly different ways
- Faith is about promoting love not hate and bigotry
- With children being murdered in Africa and Death & Destruction all around, what makes people think that God is concerned about silliness?
- I doubt that the USA is farther up God's priority list than other countries
- God is about love... not hate or fear of the unknown.
We will all be suprised when we get to Heaven and see who made it and who didn't...
Minusaramadad from Arctaroon
Not all athesists hold the same views. I had never really believed in God, but it was only after I read Ayn Rand at 19 that I declared myself an atheist, and also a radical for capitalism. The whole Objectivist movement (followers of Rand's philosophy) have a different approach to athesim that Hitchens or Dawkins (even though I found the latter's book The God Delusion intellectually invigorating).Whereas some atheists are rather nihilistic in their outlook, Rand & Co. are thoroughly intellectual.
Originally Posted by Spun Silver
As for Gay marriage, Ayn Rand's chosen intellectual heir, Leonard Peikoff, recently gave his support to it, saying he knows gay and lesbian couples just as secure in their relationships as any straight ones, and for him it is a way to sock it to the religious right, which he sees as more dangerous than even the socialists.