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Phil -- I don't know what your agenda is. You have made three posts on this website, two of them attacking me personally. And in both of those attacks you have vastly mischaracterized my views on religion. For your information, my mother was a devout Christian...the real kind. She practiced the teachings of Jesus her whole life until her death of cancer. She was married to my Dad, a lifelong atheist, for over 50 years. What I learned from them is tolerance. They never spoke harshly of each others views because they shared the same views on morality. My Dad liked Gandhi...my mother worshipped Jesus.
Now I have met many so called Christians in my life (mostly hypocrites compared to my mother), and have pretty much not engaged them in arguments on religion. I am a person of science. Those religious people who want to believe that the world is 6,000 years old, or that humans and dinosaurs coexisted at the same time, or that the second coming of Christ will save them as they are raptured up to heaven, can go about their lives believing all that stuff and more. I have learned long ago not to engage them as they are 100 percent married to their views as are my many former Muslim colleagues who have 100 percent certitude that their views of religion and God are correct. Ditto for my Catholic and Mormon friends and colleagues...and Hindus.
I have read much of their scriptures and in particular have noted the many inconsistencies in the Bible and Qu'ran when it comes to morality and killing people...e.g. stoning unruly children to death as called for in the Bible (Deuteronomy 18: 18-21). The fact that there are some 33,000 distinct denominations of Christianity is a result of Christians being able to pick and choose amongst all the inconsistencies and alternative interpretations of the Bible. And then they have the audacty to call the Bible "God's word" when it was actually written over centuries by some 40 different authors with differing political and moral views.
In Montana, Rep Greg Gianforte said this: “How old was Noah when he built the Ark? 600. He wasn’t like, cashing Social Security checks. He wasn’t hanging out; he was working. So, I think we have an obligation to work. The role we have in work may change over time, but the concept of retirement is not biblical.” Yes I mocked it because Gianforte is one who is trying to impose his religious beliefs onto governmental policies.
That is just one example. I could cite many others. Where I have been highly critical of Christians, especially the evangelicals, is their efforts to impose their religious beliefs into government laws and policies. I support the LGBTQ community and don't believe that government or businesses should be able to discriminate against them based on their gender identity. I believe in a woman's right to choose and that government should stay out of policing bedrooms or policing women's bodies. Incidentally, the number of 3rd semester abortions in this country are about 1 percent and many of them are from medical complications.
I believe that Climate Change is largely man made although there is a natural component. Yet Christians are the main obstacle for the government to take real measures to combat climate change.
Washington Post: Why don’t Christian conservatives worry about climate change? God.
Sheesh...they piss me off with their pious stance. My mother, a real Christian, would have not approved. I could go on and on. Still I have many friends and relatives who are highly religious, and I don't engage them unless they get off track on trying to impose their beliefs onto me and my government. We learned to tolerate and not argue each other's views to an extent.