While my last week was computer free, the discussion was somewhat similar to this. We had 12 folks at the cabin, from a pair of cousins who are Buddhists to three cousins who are Cherokee, a couple of Southern Baptists and the rest a mixed bag. Conversation turned to this very Harris Poll.
Now, instead of looking at the Washington Times version of the data, it is insightful to peak at the raw data. As an example, of that same 2200 people sampled, while 80% believe in God, 36% believe in UFOs. 31% believe in Witches [I don't know if this is also the divorce percentage] and 31% believe in Astrology. So this particular group of 2200 people have some pretty interesting views. Harris Interactive | The Harris Poll - More Americans Believe in the Devil, Hell and Angels than in Darwinâ€™s Theory of Evolution
Bottom says "I can't help but wonder why so many posts on BWOT give the impression that religious folks are a small, vocal minority trying to impose their values on the much bigger majority"
. In that, he seems to suggest that ALL folks who believe in God also are interested in imposing their values on the rest of folks. I don't believe I have ever read a single BWOT poster posit that. What we have opined is that the Christian Conservatives, that group that holds court within the NeoConservative Party has a social agenda that wants to impose THEIR agenda and values on the rest of America. To suggest that group is representative of ALL religious folk in this country is erroneous.
But to the subject at hand, and directly tied to the Middle East issue, our Terrorism issue and much of the other issues that are faced by this humanity is the stupefying bickering and arrogance that goes on between the various religions, each positing that THEY are the true religion of the world and the right hand of God. With hundreds of religions practiced in this World and hundreds of Gods worshiped on one level or another, it is the height of arrogance for ANY religion to assume that it is somehow better than or more special than others.
From the Christian faiths to Muslim to Jewish to Hindi to Buddhist to the Spirituality practiced by Native Americans and Aboriginals throughout the World there is a common thread of goodness and purity. Everything else is superfluae.