One way it bothers me Steven, is that some people, with those deluded beliefs, make the laws in this country, and are trying to make the US into a Christian theocracy (get a dictionary and look it up!), and that will affect everyone. Even now, some students in some states are being taught that evolution is wrong, and that the earth and everything in it was created in six days - do you really want children learning that? They live in a world filled with intelligent people who know better.
Speaking or religion and politics, old, crazy Rick ("Oops!") Perry, Governor of Texas, has filed suit against the Federal Government - he wants to force the Fed to release the share of the gold stored in Fort Knox, that belongs to Texas, to be returned to the state. It's fun to watch for what Crazy Rick will do next
Ahhhh explains a lot . If it quacks like a duck chances are it is a duck. He sounded religious.
Thats cool my nickname is ducksie,of course there is a God,I was only chatting to the creator this afternoon
There have always been the gullible, the fragile, the vulnerable. ...And the people ready to exploit them. I call it the P. T. Barnum Effect. People will thump a Bible or some other device to gain power over others. While there are those telling themselves they are doing good for humanity, mainly it is to keep the adherents afraid to disagree or question.
I've heard this argument ("all religions are equally insane") several times, but some belief systems are clearly more secretive, cultish, and marginalized by choice. Scientology in particular keeps beliefs secret even for members, until they reach certain stages of brainwashing. Family members are separated on the basis of belief vs non-belief. Their beliefs are so outrageous that they learn how not to talk about them except, secretly.
If any of my kids decided to join a mainstream church, I'd feel sad, but not worried. If either wanted to join Scientology, I would absolutely worry that I may never even see them again. Belief systems are most definitely not always equal in severity.
The argument of "which is more insane" is not as significant to me as the question of "which can be the most harmful or malevolent", or (say) "which should we discuss or expose the most". And the answers can depend on which periods of history we consider, too. I think I'd want to make this open-ended question more specific, and perhaps most relevant to current day.
So what are you going to do, now that you're out of a job, draw unemployment? They didn't even give you a gold watch, did they?
LOL, should I change my name now, at least?
I'm thinkin' --