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I’ll do you one better, I won’t even go in the church at all.
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This will be one of the few times that I agree with Mike Huckabee, churches should give up their tax exempt status. It won’t give them any more “freedom” since churches just flout the laws anyways, but at least this way it can be official.
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This is something good for non-believers and Atheists to keep in mind as well. Never be afraid to challenge yourself and never be afraid to listen to the other side when it is worth while. I don’t jump on every piece of religious garbage I have recommended to me but I love reading well thought out, educated, and well written ideas from believers as well. If you stop challenging yourself, you stop growing mentally.
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There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.
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Democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal, rather than religion-specific, values. It requires that their proposals be subject to argument, and amenable to reason. I may be opposed to abortion for religious reasons, but if I seek to pass a law banning the practice, I cannot simply point to the teachings of my church or evoke God’s will. I have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths, including those with no faith at all. Now this is going to be difficult for some who believe in the inerrancy of the Bible, as many evangelicals do. But in a pluralistic democracy, we have no choice. Politics depends on our ability to persuade each other of common aims based on a common reality. It involves the compromise, the art of what’s possible. At some fundamental level, religion does not allow for compromise. It’s the art of the impossible. If God has spoken, then followers are expected to live up to God’s edicts, regardless of the consequences. To base one’s life on such uncompromising commitments may be sublime, but to base our policy making on such commitments would be a dangerous thing.
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