Date registered: Dec 2005
Location: United States
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Why would I want to do that: This site already has a pretty effective cheering section for that perspective. I see nothing to be gained by joining the choir.
When people all nod in agreement there is a good chance that some proportion of them haven't thought it through. For example, I have often thought it would be fun and interesting to adopt a Christian-religious perspective and argue that one, since most of us are agnostic or atheistic toward all religion. But since I have already revealed my own agnosticism I don't think I could argue it as effectively. Maybe I could start another entity -- except in doing so, I'd risk being banned.
I'm a pretty dyed in the wool environmentalist but I can do a fair job of arguing against most environmentalism since most environmentalism is a pantheistic substitute for traditional religions. However, I feel rather strongly about that issue and so, don't wish to confuse what I believe is an important, science-based problem.
FYI, on several occasions I have said that I thought that the treatment of the Palestinians by the UN and by Israel is unjust. I said it again. If the Palestinian militants would refrain from attacking civilians I'd have greater sympathy for their cause.
I wish they would all just get along. But in the final analysis, I have greater sympathy for a theocratic democracy than a despotic theocracy. So my political sympathy is stronger toward Israel. I do wish that Jimmy Carter hadn't obligated the USA to perpetual bribery of israel and the surrounding states. Do I get an Amen on that one?
I don't see anything remotely resembling a "cheering section" "nodding in agreement" on this forum, however there are clearly a few people who dare to question the received wisdom on this topic. That's a good thing.
I wish you would start a thread about environmentalism (a subject about which I too feel strongly) and your perception of it vis-a-vis religion. That might be interesting.
Thank you for stating the obvious about the humanity of Palestinians. I haven't seen you do it before and I hope it wasn't too painful. If I thought my country were remotely evenhanded in this conflict I wouldn't be so passionate myself.
Should Carter have bribed Israel and Egypt? Good question. He did make peace between them, so it could be argued that he needed to speak in a language they would understand.
There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse, and sell a little more cheaply. The person who buys on price alone is this man's lawful prey. --John Ruskin