Ok, I'll just have to back away from this argument. I think you're in loony toon ville on this.
Hint: You can't just denounce all Christian terrorism as "not Christian" and not let Muslims do the same thing. At least not without a significant and obvious amount of bias and hypocrisy.
Double hint: If you look at the WBC you will see they back up most of what they say with interpretations of specific Bible verses. Including many things from the New Testament.
Just like the amendments are open to interpretation so are our books of faith like it or not. They have been interpreted differently by different people for thousands of years.
FWIW I'm thankful most people seem to interpret the Bible as you do, just like I'm thankful most Muslims are peaceful people. I'm not trying to say let a few bad apples spoil the whole bunch in this regard anymore than I am with blacks.
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I personally don't belong to any organized religion but I think its wrong that no clergy will be at the WTC memorial service because of Multiculturism.
I'm not very religious. I personally find it funny that people deny the science that states we descend from apes, yet have no problem accepting the science that made cell phones, MRI devices, anti-venom, microwaves, etc.
IMHO science has been very right so far, I have no reason to deny my ancestry... even if it's crazy to believe we came from ape sex! I guess the craziest thing of all is to realize just how advanced we are as a species, yet also understand how parasitic we've become. (I've been watching a lot of BBC shows lately)
Getting back to the point, I find it comforting to believe in something greater than myself or mankind, and the fact that people would like to go pray for the dead... I don't think we need to "science" that away. That any person would like to take time out of his or her day to go remember and pray for the dead... it is a very human gesture, and we should allow it.
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Just realized I revived the **** out of an old thread. Sorry guys.
It's all good man! Don't even worry about it! I personally left this thread a long time ago. Hope all is going well with you buddy!