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Fundamentalists are the greatest users of terrorism!
Posted 15 May 2006 - 04:30 AM
Destroying the infidels started with the Crusades. Islam sent our crusaders running and they will continue to do so for ever. I feel that Bush has never read a history book and has no concept of what he is trying to destroy.
Islam is the fastest growing religion on the planet and America would be very wise to get the hell out of the Middle East and promise to stay out! America should never try for Empire building. We do not have the brains do sell democracy to anyone. We do not elect people of character, just a bunch of backward hillbilly Christians. Islam is out to destroy us and there is not one damn thing we can do about it. We could close our borders but Bush needs the Mexican voters to keep his Republicans in office.
Posted 15 May 2006 - 05:14 AM
Fundamentalism starts with the assumption that anything done in the cause of the Imaginary Bearded Sky Daddy is automatically OK.
This presumption of piety on the part of Fundamentalists drives out reason, and replaces it with blind faith.
If we are going to be going on and on about what a superior species we are, how terribly clever and adaptive, we should at least give up the practice of rejecting reason and evidence in favor of twisted fantasies of guilt and punishment.
We can do better, and a good first step is to reject mythology and start using our intellects.
Posted 15 May 2006 - 05:48 AM
It certainly cleared up a lot of my problems.
Posted 28 May 2006 - 08:12 AM
I agree and can only hope we aren't too late to return to totally rational lives. I struck out on my own many years ago and have been unencumbered of all superstitution.
It certainly cleared up a lot of my problems.
That's an interesting point Sandy. Back a few million years ago I was a believer yet my job required that I do things that were totally against everything I believed in. I was at war with myself constantly and everyday was a cycle of guilt and forgiveness. Over and over it went. Finally when I came to the realization that my opponents weren't shackled with the burden of "sin" and or "morality" that it was just a job and if I could put aside the concept of sin for the hours I worked, life would be so much easier. Slowly the whole thing became clear that sin and morality are both man made and that in certain situations there is simply no room for either if one is to survive.
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Posted 28 May 2006 - 12:37 PM
I've never been faced with having to break my own moral codes for any reason.
I was draft bait during the Vietnam war, and a pacifist, and a deeply closeted homosexual.
I ended up choosing a 5 year prison sentence over dropping napalm on civilian populations (collateral damage) in stone age villages. Just a personal preference.
In the end I scored a surprise dismissal of charges and ended up doing alternative service as a conscientious objector.
Posted 28 May 2006 - 01:34 PM
Posted 28 May 2006 - 01:52 PM
So you didn't break your own code of ethics. I congratulate you!
I don't know if this will make any sense, but I owe it all to not going to church.
I rejected Catholicism and especially the doG of Abraham as a high school student. So I had already accepted the responsibility to do my own thinking before the subject of Vietnam entered my life.
And I had a strong moral upbringing, thanks to 12 years of Catholic school, which helped me to decide to stand my ground despite the consequences.
In this case I perceived religion and ethics to be opposing forces. After all, communism was a threat to the Church, so there was not a lot of complaining about Vietnamese babies being burnt to death.
In all fairness, there were some Catholic clergy that were very active as leaders in the anti-war movement, but they did not represent the mainstream church.
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