Date registered: Sep 2004
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Location: Planet Houston
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RE: Papal Hypocrisy?
It's pretty simple to me. A moral choice is a human decision. Science aids making those decisions much more effectively than religion does. If I discover someone is a homosexual, religion commands me to arrange for the man to be stoned to death, or if I kill him myself, there is no penalty under the law of Moses. Science, on the other hand shows me homosexuality is simply an innate part of some people's being that ultimately does me no harm. In one case, religion has caused me to commit an immoral act of murder, in the other, science leads me to a moral act of tolerance.
Religion is rife with ignorance and superstition, both which lead to immoral acts, like slavery, the burning of witches, state-sanctioned murder, and wars. Science leads to reasoned conclusions on issues, and since men by a nature are for the most part good, the conclusion reached using science simply have a higher level of moral quality than those made using dogmatic religious systems. Science also allows a mechanism for new knowledge to be used to refine prior decision making and reasoning, while religion is stuck forever in its idiotic 2,000 year old texts, with flying dragons and seven-horned beasts floating about the place. Reasoning systems which must take into account mythical beasties, man-gods and demons are simply unreliable for making a good decision, as any system based on false premise would be.