It's becoming increasingly difficult to do anything without running into a pointless religious argument. Because these arguments never go anywhere, I say it's high time to put an end to them. However, due to the level of passion that people hold for their religion, this won't happen without compromise. This is my proposal:

For Christians

1. America is not a "Christian country."

First and foremost, 100% of the United States population doesn't believe in Christianity. Until the day that this statistic is achieved, kindly shut the hell up.

2. The Constitution comes before the Bible.

"I have a problem with people who take the Constitution loosely and the Bible literally." - Bill Maher

Regardless of what the Bible says, while you live in this life, you will follow the rules of the country you live in. Secular law is sovereign. If you have a problem with this, you're more than welcome to hurry yourself to the next life so you can follow Biblical law exclusively.

3. Keep your nose out of other peoples' business!

Simply put, your ethics and political views don't license you to dictate the personal lives of other people.

If you're anti-abortion, don't get an abortion. If you're opposed to same-sex marriage, don't marry someone of the same sex. If you don't want other people to have abortions or same-sex marriages, TOUGH SHIT! It's their right to do those things; like it or not.

4. Religion is not a basis for enforcing a policy.

This one goes out to a number of political figures (Mike Huckabee, George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush, et al.):

Your personal beliefs, in a democracy or a republic, should never restrict the rights of others. Since we live in the United States, which is a federal constitutional republic, the justification of unconstitutional laws with the religious views of one person is a threat to freedom and should not be allowed.

5. Keep your religion away from the throats of others.

Before you discuss religion with anyone, ask them if they're interested in hearing your bullshit. If they say, "No," it doesn't mean you are authorized to continue forcing your beliefs down their throat. Forcing your beliefs onto others is the equivalent of theological rape.

6. Research unverified claims.

A large majority of Americans would not vote for a qualified Atheist President (link). This is because of an unverified belief that atheists are immoral; which is utterly unacceptable.

Instead of basing your votes on superficial qualifications (religion, gender, political party, race, age, etc.), why not base your vote on something concrete? I'd rather have a competent President than a Christian president of lesser competence; would you disagree?

For Muslims

1. Stop trying to enforce Sharia law.

As I just finished saying to the Christians, secular law is sovereign. You're free to follow whatever laws you wish, but don't force them onto other people. To do so is a violation of their basic human liberties.

2. Stop blaming everything on the Jews.

There are more Muslims than Jews in the world; you can't blame all of your hardships on them. Shut the fuck up and take responsibility for your own predicaments. (This only really applies to the radicals.)

For the "Church" of Scientology
No compromise for you. You aren't a religion, you're a cult. Crash and burn, you fascist bastards!
For Atheists

1. Let History remain intact.

I am in support of laws preventing new court houses from displaying the Bible's 10 Commandments, but I am adamantly opposed from removing existing ones. Why?

Two words: Historical value.

2. Unless your rights are being stepped on, shut the fuck up. (Update: Don't misinterpret this.)

If Congress ever passed a law requiring all students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, then I might relate to removing "Under God" from the oath. Since that is not the case, and you are not required to recite it, stop wasting our time with irrelevant bullshit.

via: http://www.kobrascorner.com/rage/end-religious-arguing.php

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