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pr Wrote: It's not what this idiot Tebow believes it's the fact that he is a young sports figure and people tend to look up to these types of people, as they worship movie/media stars. They have, because of their "status" in society, the ability to sway other young, under-educated and ill-informed people and it's because of this power that people like Tebow are a constant threat to society. Not unlike all the Republican candidates for president, I might add. When people like Tebow and Tom Brady support the likes of Trump they are destroying our society and their own futures.
So any famous person who believes in God is destroying society? I never realized they had that much power to bring our country down.
I am a big sports fan and have been for my entire life, but I never remember thinking "I want to convert to Islam because Muhammad Ali belongs to it." I have also been a big movie fan for much of my life and loved watching Superman movies when I was growing up, but I never remember thinking "I want to become a Unitarian because Christopher Reeve belongs to it."
People don't join religion because some athlete or actor is a part of it. Most people join a certain religion because their parents dragged them along to their house of worship as a young kid or because they made the choice to join a religion later in their lives. Maybe they joined a religion because they were in love and it was important to their spouse or maybe the joined a religion because something was missing in their lives and they thought they could fill the void by joining one.
Humans have believed in a higher power since we started walking upright thousands of years ago. Berating people who believe in a higher power only reinforces their beliefs more. I say live and let live. My line is drawn when it's brought into my government.
pr Wrote: The fact that he (or anyone else for that matter) visits sick people/kids in hospitals is immaterial - Mother Teresa did the same thing and we all know what her real agenda was and what she really was. Why do you think Christians (evangelicals especially) spend so much time "being good citizens"? It's not because they are good people but rather they have been conditions (brainwashed if you like) to spread their toxic knowledge far and wide. A prime example is the "good Christian" missionaries who are now in Africa selling their own particular vision of hate against homosexuals to the local politicians and populace. Do they believe they are doing "Gods work"? Most likely they honestly do but we know better - don't we?
He didn't just visit a hospital; he built one.
The vast majority of hospitals are built and run by religious organizations. The Catholic run hospital that saved my life when I had a brain hemorrhage at the age of 13 didn't give me a religious test before the doctors would operate on me. And the Jewish run hospital that took in my dying Christian grandpa at the end of his life didn't give him one either. I'd love for an atheist hospital to pop up somewhere in this country, but until they become the norm then religious hospitals will continue to be the norm.
I just don't understand why so many atheists care what someone else believes in. The 1st Amendment gives people the right to worship whatever they want and prevents the government from picking winners and losers. I believe in a persons right to worship the Christian God as much as I believe in someones right to worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster. I wish more atheists lived by the literal definition of the word. A (without) theism (a belief in God). That's it.