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RE: The dumbing down of America by religious fascists begins in earnest
Botnst - 2/7/2005 8:58 PM
jjl - 2/7/2005 8:50 PM
Botnst - 2/8/2005 1:39 AM
All you intolerant Religionists and all you intolerant atheists, go somewhere and fuss about your inconsequential little irritations where you wont bother the adults. We're having fun without your bigotry.
It is not bigotry to be an 'intolerant atheist', as you so generously mischaracterise this stance. Religion, all said and done, is a bad thing. How much should one tolerate intolerance? Religion generally, and religious crazies in particular - those in favour of imposing retarded anti-intellectual Neanderthal fairy-tales on children and excluding science from our classrooms need to be challenged, and challenged vigorously.
It is bigotry to be an intolerant atheist.
Most people who are religionists live fair, honest lives and die leaving the world in not much worse shape than they found it. Whatever the degree to which one dismisses deeply-held beliefs of others may also reflect upon one's own intolerance of beliefs different from one's own. Most people who are atheists lead quiet little lives and die happily without causing great unrest and some may improve the world a bit here and there.
Lets list all the religious leaders that have caused death and misery. Well you got the Muslim expansion, the various Crusades, sectarian slaughter within each group, and so forth. What's the scorecard on hideous death and destruction by religionists? Guess a number and I'll probably accept it.
Now guess the number caused by committed athiests.
Now teach me tolerance.
Why do we always end up with the whole "believers" argument? The question has nothing to do with it. For all I care, I hope they live their lives in blissful ignorance. My problem is fascism, not religion. We live under a constitution that guarantees that my children are to be free from the state imposing religious viewpoints on them in any way. It is a simple issue of human rights - the right to a free conscience unencumbered by state indoctrination. Under our constitution, the religionists have no right to impose their religious tenets on the children attending the public schools, and if it is important to them, they have the right and opportunity to send their own children to private, religious or home schools to learn about how T-Rex couldn't fit in the ark.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address