This morning I was reading a debate on Facebook as to whether you have to go to “church” to worship God on Sunday. One person said you absolutely have to, while another thought you can worship God everywhere. It made me think, “Why are people so convinced of their personal religious beliefs?”.
This blog will surely piss off a bunch of people. Or people who should just won’t read it. Fine. Though I’ll do my best to keep it factual most people will still want to argue and debate. I will not debate the bible; I believe it to be fictional and here is why.
1. The bible, as many know it today, wasn’t even written until the first century A.D.
2. According to this bible, Adam and Eve are the first humankind and they were “driven from paradise” around 4000 B.C.
- Yet the earliest human remains, that have been found on earth, date back over hundreds of thousands if not millions of years. See examples below.¹ So how can Adam and Eve be the first humans ever created?
- How is it possible that we know Adam and Eve existed 2000 years before?
I am sure I can list more but for those who believe there is no point. I don’t care if people are religious. Some people need religion and I am totally okay with that. Keep in mind that, according to ReligiousTolerence.org, there are over 19 major world religions. Within Christianity alone there are over 34,000 separate teachings. The difference? Interpretation.
So go ahead and believe what you will. Just stop trying to use your beliefs as a shield to attack other peoples beliefs. If it causes no harm; let people live how they see best fit for them. Stop picking and choosing what you want to believe based on what benefits only your lifestyle.And stop condemning those who don’t believe the same version of religion as you.
Dan Savage is right, many Christians pick and choose passages that work for them. There is hypocrisy within many organized religions. The truth is no one really knows the truth.
Should any states constitution promote discrimination based on religion?
I am sure your answer is no. Then why are there 30 states that have recently added amendments based on religious beliefs alone?
Tomorrow in North Carolina voters will go to the polls and decide if they want to include in their state constitution a ban on same-sex marriage. This ban also includes civil unions and domestic partnerships. The only argument for the ban is based 100% on peoples religious beliefs.
This is not the history of our country. Our country was founded on Freedom of Religion. Many American’s moved to this great country so as to NOT be persecuted based on their religious beliefs. The idea is that people should be able to believe whatever they want, but that those religious beliefs should not be used to condemn their fellow Americans.
Two clauses in the First Amendment guarantee freedom of religion. The establishment clause prohibits the government from passing legislation to establish an official religion or preferring one religion over another. It enforces the “separation of church and state.”
When you write a law into the constitution that is based 100% on people’s religious beliefs you violate the very law that this country was founded upon. In essence you are promoting one religion over all others.
Even more clear is the 14th amendment which clearly states “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
This isn’t the first time laws have been enacted based on religious bias. Other laws include, but are not limited to…
- Women’s right to vote
- The right to own slaves
- Abortion rights
- Workplace discrimination based on general, or race
- In Georgia and South Carolina you had to be Protestant to hold office
- In Massachusetts you had to be Christian to be Governor
The very people who want limited government will be the ones who vote for Government interference based on religious beliefs. Voting yes for Amendment 1 is voting against the U.S. Constitution and voting for discrimination.
Herman Cain – Is Happily supported by the billionaire Libertarian Koch Brothers. The Koch Brothers are anti regulation, anti taxes, anti unions and are 100% for their increased wealth.
Over the last 4 years the Koch Brothers wealth has increased by Billions, while at the same time reducing the number of Americans they employee by over 10,000.
So what does this relationship say about Herman Cain? Should he be elected, with the Koch Brothers in his pocket, what does this say about the future of our country?
How are the Koch Brothers so rich? They own a lot…
Angel Soft, Quilted Northern, and Soft n Gentle toilet paper; Brawny paper towels; any of the Dixie plates, bowls and napkins; Sparkle, Vanity Fair and Zee napkins; Georgia-Pacific’s paper products. Coolmax, Cordura, Solarmax, Supplex, and Thermolite fabrics, as well as those containing Lycra; Comforel fiberfill; Dacron fibers; Somerelle bedding products; Stainmaster carpets and Tactesse carpet fiber.
This list could go on and on. Google Koch Brothers and you will can read about the Koch Brothers for days.
As reported by NPR.org some 200 millionaires do. There is actually a group of rich people out there who believe since they have more, in this tough economy, those that can pay more should.
Andy Shallal, a D.C.-area restaurateur puts it like this (as taken from the article on NPR.org). He’d like to see more progressive tax laws in place to bridge the gap between the haves and have-nots “so that we don’t have this potential for this possible class warfare that’s always bubbling beneath the surface in this country.”
It’s nice to know that not all rich people are complete douche bags.
of course this headline on MSNBC.com caught my eye. Is spending $500,000 of tax payer money to defend a hateful law really the direction this country should take? How does this “create jobs”. The lawyers already have a job.
Before you blame the Democrats for the potential government shutdown. You need to note, as best put by Michael Gerson in his article in the Washington Post, On the budget, Obama has Republicans cornered. He wrote, “By accepting $33 billion in cuts for the remainder of 2011, Obama has taken the middle ground and exploited a major division within the Republican coalition.”
So you tell me who is not willing to compromise to get the budget finalized?
You may remember my post back in October about the billion dollar Koch (pronounced Coke) brother’s being the money behind the Tea Party. If not I highly recommend you read it, The Tea Party is NOT a Grassroots Organization. At least check out the cool, easy to read chart.
Well the Koch Brothers at back at it again, in full force. As read today on MSNBC.com, Conservative high-rollers gather to plot strategy, the Koch brothers sponsored a two day event to try to figure out how to put the GOP in the white house in 2012. So much for the voice of the “people”.
Even the British can see though the “Tea Party”. As written in The Independent World, “Most organisations which benefit from the Kochs’ largesse have one thing in common: they help advance an unflinching brand of libertarian conservatism. Some lobby against environmental regulation, or seek to undermine public perception of the threat of climate change, others battle taxes, trade unions and Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms.
Many play a crucial role in organising the Tea Party, the headline-prone right-wing movement which likes to tout its “grass-roots” credentials.”
Once again, thanks to the conservative led Supreme Court ruling known as Citizens United, the rich will have an opportunity to over shout the middle class and poor. Are you prepared to let billionaires shape our political landscape? I sure as hell am not.
Let’s not forget to use sound judgment people. Listen to your gut, it speaks the truth.