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  1. When you speak about atheism and religion you're talking about the decision to partake or to not partake. Atheism isn't A) B) C) or D). It's E) none of the above.

    You're right about it being about resources and power, but natives were no **** given the option to convert or die. They were really trying to convert them and the other option was death. The same cannot be said about atheism.


  2. Quote Originally Posted by 1slowcivic View Post

    So, lets see exactly whats wrong with what you said...
    1)The constitution was written hundreds of years ago and did not envision the type of chaos that goes on these days.
    "The founders understood that in framing the constitution they were trying to limit the power of government by taking human nature from the equation. The constitution has been attacked as archaic and obsolete for a myriad of reasons. These attacks illustrate a basic misunderstanding of the constitutions purpose"
    The constitution may not have envisioned everything that could possibly happen, but it did leave room for something we like to call "Ammendments" Thank GOD for the constitution, without it human nature is to hate whatever is different and become ignorant and classify everyone in a certain group as having the same characteristics. Maybe we should put them all in concentration camps? I'm sure you would be happy with that.
    2)Change is going to have to apply to our rights as well.
    Really,now? Personally, I like my rights. You're welcome to give up yours if you like. Or, did you mean that all muslims should lose their rights? I'M ALL FOR TERRORIST HAVING NO RIGHTS AND THEY SHOULD BE DEALT WITH ACCORDING TO THE LAW. To single out a single religion is at the very least ignorant. Every religion has had terrorist at some point.
    3) All this PC garbage has to stop
    I actually agree with you on something. You should be allowed to say just about whatever you want. However, that has nothing to do with letting people of a certain religion practice their reigion without having to feel peseccuted. I'm pretty sure one of the main reasons the pilgrims came over was to escape that very thing.
    4) It's hard enough I'm a white man in America these days
    Seriously guy? Whens the last time you're application got pushed to the back because they saw the name Javier Gonzalez or whatever name and decided to give him the interview first.I'm sure you have some really white sounding name and 9 times out of 10 youre gonna get the interview first. Hard being a white man in America.....thats funny. I could go so far into this.
    5) Human rights or God rights
    As a human you have the right to worship ny God you choose.

    I could keep going but I had a long day training so that I can go overseas and protect the constitution that allows you those rights that you feel need to be changed.You know the ones that allow you to have an oppinion and actually say what you think in an open forum.

    Gee, thanks for pointing out that everything I said was wrong because my morals and opinions differ from yours. My beliefs have taken a complete 180...right.

    All I have to say is numbers don't lie.

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  3. Quote Originally Posted by mich29 View Post
    if they are doing it out of spite at all ??? no one knows.you gotta believe we have spies within their group watching them.we ran back ground checks on them and everything else.they came up clean and have been given the green light to build.if we in the usa stopped them from building this place we open the flood gates to other acts of hate.the usa is one of the few places where anyone can actually make it and hopefully it stays this way.
    Regardless if these guys in particular are doing it out of spite, somewhere in the islam nation, those who hate us Americans are laughing.

    But on second thought, I do see the point of America - land of the free etc. etc. It's just hard to be real to myself and not have these feelings of dislike towards others of a different ethnic group. I just like to stay within my own kind. Sorry if it offends you.

  4. Quote Originally Posted by Condition1 View Post
    When you speak about atheism and religion you're talking about the decision to partake or to not partake. Atheism isn't A) B) C) or D). It's E) none of the above.

    You're right about it being about resources and power, but natives were no **** given the option to convert or die. They were really trying to convert them and the other option was death. The same cannot be said about atheism.
    Atheism is a belief,You can no more scientifically disprove God or the supernatural than I can prove it.

    Do you know anyone who has escaped the old USSR or China.Yes people have been killed because they would not give up their beliefs or "convert" to atheism.Because they want people looking to and depending on no one but them and thus they maintain their control.Just as in the examples you mentioned by forcing natives to accept their religion it would have been easier for the "christians" to maintain control.

  5. Quote Originally Posted by 416 View Post
    Atheism is a belief,You can no more scientifically disprove God or the supernatural than I can prove it.

    Do you know anyone who has escaped the old USSR or China.Yes people have been killed because they would not give up their beliefs or "convert" to atheism.Because they want people looking to and depending on no one but them and thus they maintain their control.Just as in the examples you mentioned by forcing natives to accept their religion it would have been easier for the "christians" to maintain control.
    The only people who associate atheism as a belief or faith are those who belong to a religion. Atheism is the lack of a belief. I can't prove that there is not a wild rave going on inside of a black hole, doesnt mean I belong to the faith of "No Wild Rave in the universe's black holes-ology." This argument has been presented before in previous religion debates, and its frankly a cop out. Let it go.
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  6. In the words of Chris Rock..."there is a one-legged bus boy working in here right now, who wouldn't trade places with me. And I'm rich! That's how good it is to be white!"

  7. Quote Originally Posted by Harry Manback View Post
    Regardless if these guys in particular are doing it out of spite, somewhere in the islam nation, those who hate us Americans are laughing.

    But on second thought, I do see the point of America - land of the free etc. etc. It's just hard to be real to myself and not have these feelings of dislike towards others of a different ethnic group. I just like to stay within my own kind. Sorry if it offends you.
    Is this Mel Gibson?

  8. Quote Originally Posted by HereToStudy View Post
    The only people who associate atheism as a belief or faith are those who belong to a religion. Atheism is the lack of a belief. I can't prove that there is not a wild rave going on inside of a black hole, doesnt mean I belong to the faith of "No Wild Rave in the universe's black holes-ology." This argument has been presented before in previous religion debates, and its frankly a cop out. Let it go.
    Ok,I just don't believe there is not a God.I don't really see why it irks atheists if their belief in nothing is still a belief,but that is not the important part of what I was saying any way.What I was saying is any so called belief or non- belief can be used by those who want to gain and maintain power.There is nothing in herent in atheism that make those who follow it any better than anyone else.

  9. Quote Originally Posted by 416 View Post
    Ok,I just don't believe there is not a God.I don't really see why it irks atheists if their belief in nothing is still a belief,but that is not the important part of what I was saying any way.What I was saying is any so called belief or non- belief can be used by those who wantto gain and maintain power.There is nothing in herent in atheism that make those who follow it any better than anyone else.
    Name 1 war that was started by trying to press atheism on anyone.

  10. Quote Originally Posted by 416 View Post
    Ok,I just don't believe there is not a God.I don't really see why it irks atheists if their belief in nothing is still a belief,but that is not the important part of what I was saying any way.What I was saying is any so called belief or non- belief can be used by those who want to gain and maintain power.There is nothing in herent in atheism that make those who follow it any better than anyone else.
    So you don't think you are inherently more "rational" than someone who thinks an invisible leprechaun in space puppets us all like marionettes with invisible, untouchable strings?

    Do you not think his beliefs a tad ridiculous, and perhaps something mentally deranged that he would believe that?
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  11. Quote Originally Posted by southpaw23 View Post
    Is this Mel Gibson?
    I suppose that would have been funny if I was pushing Cristianity.

  12. Quote Originally Posted by 416 View Post
    Ok,I just don't believe there is not a God.I don't really see why it irks atheists if their belief in nothing is still a belief,but that is not the important part of what I was saying any way.What I was saying is any so called belief or non- belief can be used by those who want to gain and maintain power.There is nothing in herent in atheism that make those who follow it any better than anyone else.
    I do not stop anyone from believing in anything. I think I even mentioned in this thread I have family members who are religious, I don't tell them to stop.

    I wish I could take credit for this, but I can't:


    With that said, I dont think I am better than you in anyway. I do think my beliefs are, as they are based on logic and not something that people created, with no evidence, and told you that you should believe it or face eternal punishment.
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  13. Quote Originally Posted by dsade View Post
    So you don't think you are inherently more "rational" than someone who thinks an invisible leprechaun in space puppets us all like marionettes with invisible, untouchable strings?

    Do you not think his beliefs a tad ridiculous, and perhaps something mentally deranged that he would believe that?
    I don't care what anyone believes until they start saying they wish people who believe as i do would go away or not exist.

  14. Quote Originally Posted by HereToStudy View Post
    I do not stop anyone from believing in anything. I think I even mentioned in this thread I have family members who are religious, I don't tell them to stop.

    I wish I could take credit for this, but I can't:


    With that said, I dont think I am better than you in anyway. I do think my beliefs are, as they are based on logic and not something that people created, with no evidence, and told you that you should believe it or face eternal punishment.
    that made my day. thank you HTS

  15. Quote Originally Posted by 416 View Post
    I don't care what anyone believes until they start saying they wish people who believe as i do would go away or not exist.
    granted that is not right either. However, theists have caused far more damage on humanity than non-theists. We can look through history and see how theism (typically monotheism) has caused greivous harm to mankind. It is difficult to point that out for athiesm as there are no "I must protect the holy land of Atheism" battles in the past

  16. With that said, I dont think I am better than you in anyway. I do think my beliefs are, as they are based on logic and not something that people created, with no evidence, and told you that you should believe it or face eternal punishment.[/QUOTE]

    I am not the one who said I wished those who did not believe the same as me did not exist.I have not had anyone try to shove their belief down my throat.However I do happen to have an acquaintance who loves to try to push his non-belief down others throats or at least "thinks" it makes him better and smarter.I had a teacher in highschool who did the same thing.So i will change religion to atheist in your quote and give it to the guy the next time I see him.

    Look my first statement was not hard to understand and was by no means anything I thought someone would take offense at.Since you brought it up lets just agree to think what we each believe is better than what the other does and leave it at that.This is not really what the thread was about anyway.

  17. Quote Originally Posted by AE14 View Post
    granted that is not right either. However, theists have caused far more damage on humanity than non-theists. We can look through history and see how theism (typically monotheism) has caused greivous harm to mankind. It is difficult to point that out for athiesm as there are no "I must protect the holy land of Atheism" battles in the past
    I do not know if you read all my posts but I already pointed out some of the great damage done on humanity by atheist.I then said that in the end niether belief nor non-belief was the problem but rather the tool used to gain and keep power.

  18. Quote Originally Posted by 416 View Post
    I do not know if you read all my posts but I already pointed out some of the great damage done on humanity by atheist.I then said that in the end niether belief nor non-belief was the problem but rather the tool used to gain and keep power.
    Damage done by atheists was done by them personally, not in the name of or with the justification of some amorphous omniscient being.

  19. Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post
    Damage done by atheists was done by them personally, not in the name of or with the justification of some amorphous omniscient being.
    As they are atheists it would have to be done pesonally.In the end all acts are done personally.Atheists in the old USSR and still today in China kill people of many beliefs in the name of the state which is based in atheism.

    People need to get over trying to prove people who are different or think different are the "real" cause of the problem.Until people can get past what each other believe or do not believe and judge each other on their actions and what they do with there lives as it affects others there will always be bigotry,killing and suffering.If you do not agree with me that is fine.Just stating it as I see it.

  20. Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post
    Damage done by atheists was done by them personally, not in the name of or with the justification of some amorphous omniscient being.
    Exactly my point. Atheists typically do not kill due to the lack of their belief. To compare the damage between the 2 segments is foolish.

  21. Put it this way, there are many different types of gangs. You can choose to partake in a gang of your choosing (or theirs?) but you can also choose to not partake in a gang. Now, choosing to not partake in gangs is not a gang in its own. There is no "non-gang gang."

    You have your various religions. Choosing to partake in a religion would make you religious. There is no "non-religious-religion."

  22. Quote Originally Posted by HereToStudy View Post
    I do not stop anyone from believing in anything. I think I even mentioned in this thread I have family members who are religious, I don't tell them to stop.

    I wish I could take credit for this, but I can't:


    With that said, I dont think I am better than you in anyway. I do think my beliefs are, as they are based on logic and not something that people created, with no evidence, and told you that you should believe it or face eternal punishment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HereToStudy View Post
    With that said, I dont think I am better than you in anyway. I do think my beliefs are, as they are based on logic and not something that people created, with no evidence, and told you that you should believe it or face eternal punishment.
    You know, this is where you are consistently, so wrong, or must have been misinformed or mislead by either your presumptions or other ignorants.

    Nothing in my faith has ever been motivated by fear of eternal punishment. I know hundreds of Christians who are like minded.

    Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.

    My faith is based entirely on a reciprocal relationship within my hope, substance and evidence. Nothing more.

    If it were fear it would not be faith.

    You are confusing beliefs and religion with faith.
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  24. Quote Originally Posted by David Dunn View Post
    You know, this is where you are consistently, so wrong, or must have been misinformed or mislead by either your presumptions or other ignorants.

    Nothing in my faith has ever been motivated by fear of eternal punishment. I know hundreds of Christians who are like minded.

    Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.

    My faith is based entirely on a reciprocal relationship within my hope, substance and evidence. Nothing more.

    If it were fear it would not be faith.

    You are confusing beliefs and religion with faith.
    Excellent point, to a degree I was blending the general term "faith" with individual beliefs and religions.

    However, I do not think the two are completely mutually exclusive. Looking back to the old testament, surely you can agree that God was something to be feared, and living against his command put your self at some level of risk? Seems to be a very effective method of controlling the public.

    I do have a problem with the comment "evidence of things unseen." Religion has no real evidence. We can discuss all day the divine inspiration that was given to the human writers of biblical text, but in the end you are largely taking their word for it. A human with the intelligence level of our generations placed into the biblical times, easily could have taken control of the public through the creation of a religion. It actually doesnt even take a true intellect to gain power to religion, must we discuss Joseph Smith, L. Ron Hubbard?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HereToStudy View Post
    Excellent point, to a degree I was blending the general term "faith" with individual beliefs and religions.

    However, I do not think the two are completely mutually exclusive. Looking back to the old testament, surely you can agree that God was something to be feared, and living against his command put your self at some level of risk? Seems to be a very effective method of controlling the public.
    Here again is where you are using the 'antiquated' characters of God. Yet, I do agree that living against his command was of high risk:

    "The LORD saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain."

    There are a multitude of offenses of disobedience that were extremely offensive to the creator. Despite His patience over generations man continued to disobey.

    As a Creator or a father, parent or authority figure you would display impotence if you never brought accountability for disobedience.

    But, we Christians live under a New Covenant in Christ:

    "For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. But God found fault with the people and said: "The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away from them, declares the Lord."

    "In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.""

    I do have a problem with the comment "evidence of things unseen." Religion has no real evidence. We can discuss all day the divine inspiration that was given to the human writers of biblical text, but in the end you are largely taking their word for it. A human with the intelligence level of our generations placed into the biblical times, easily could have taken control of the public through the creation of a religion. It actually doesnt even take a true intellect to gain power to religion, must we discuss Joseph Smith, L. Ron Hubbard?
    But yet again you refer to religion.

    As a Christian, I am not practicing a religion. I live in a relationship that is based in faith. This faith requires obedience. Obedience causes me to honor the New Covenant. Honoring the New Covenant I produce fruit of the Spirit in my life and the life of others that is the substantive evidence of the things hoped for - the definition of faith.

    I am not taking anyone's word for anything.

    This is not a mathematical equation. It is a reciprocal relationship of obedience, faithfulness and fruitfulness.

    I can practice the math for years and come to the same conclusion you do. Can you practice the obedience and faithfulness for years?

    "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."

    This thread has gone OT too many times and our discussion here is OT as well.

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  26. I'm not sure how one can rationalize their opposition to this Mosque being built, yet in the very same breath support the right of this "reverend" to burn copies of the Qur'an. Apart from the hypocrisy, it pushes the notion that one form of religious expression is superior to the other, and that speaks to the heart of this issue, that organized religion inherently creates walls of division, rather than seeking to find the bigger picture. This is a nuanced issue, and it should be addressed as such.

  27. Quote Originally Posted by southpaw23 View Post
    I'm not sure how one can rationalize their opposition to this Mosque being built, yet in the very same breath support the right of this "reverend" to burn copies of the Qur'an. Apart from the hypocrisy, it pushes the notion that one form of religious expression is superior to the other, and that speaks to the heart of this issue, that organized religion inherently creates walls of division, rather than seeking to find the bigger picture. This is a nuanced issue, and it should be addressed as such.
    But that's just it...after seeing the interview on CNN with this reverand, so many people actually believe that their partiular flavor of "Magic Sorcerer Fantasy" is somehow so obviously true (even though veracity and amount of evidence is the same for all...zero) that they are justified to commit any act/spout any stupidity in the name of this "truth".
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  28. Similarly in the reverse, I can't understand at all how Hillary Clinton or any of the other democrat talking heads can support the construction of a permanent trophy mosque overlooking ground zero for decades while a symbolic 1 day protest of burning the Quaran is a total nightmare and should be suppressed.

  29. Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post
    Similarly in the reverse, I can't understand at all how Hillary Clinton or any of the other democrat talking heads can support the construction of a permanent trophy mosque overlooking ground zero for decades while a symbolic 1 day protest of burning the Quaran is a total nightmare and should be suppressed.
    Its not a mosque for goodness sakes, and I will say this on the Qu'ran burning, that has the potential to incite violence, whereas the Muslim "Y" does not

  30. I'm all for religious expression. If Tom Cruise wants to believe the mother-ship is near and will be picking him up soon, I say go for it. It's when you start to apply and impart your religious beliefs in a way that impacts the lives of others, then you cross into territory that's dangerous. George Bush Jr, an underachiever by all accounts, became president because the moral majority decided that a lie about a BJ was too much for Jesus to handle, never mind issues that are more relevant to our lives like the economy and security, no let's cast political votes based on peripheral social issues of minor importance, because you friended Jesus on your facebook page.
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