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Atheist Says Government Gives "Superior Benefits" Over Charity

Chris from Kalifornia Wrote: Sep 06, 2012 6:32 AM
Well, Wolfe may be an Atheist but I'm an atheist and I say he's full of it. Note the upper and lower case "Atheist" vs "atheist". An Upper Case "Atheist" is usually a liberal who can't stand the idea that they might be wrong and so are terrified of anything that reminds them of that possibility. A Lower Case "atheist" is secure in his non belief, understands that others believe and also understands what Christianity is about, and that this country was founded on Christian principles. An Atheist can't stand anyone telling them they are wrong. An atheist doesn't mind and is willing to discuss principles at odds with his beliefs without trying to scorn the other person. Liberals suck the life out of you like a vampire.
Chris from Kalifornia Wrote: Sep 06, 2012 6:34 AM
BTW, when did the word "c r a p" become inappropriate?
MatthewlovesAyn Wrote: Sep 06, 2012 7:04 AM
Might I add, Chris, that we atheists really don't care what others believe as long as you don't spend any of our tax money on creches at the town hall.
It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.
Robert A. Heinlein
Chris from Kalifornia Wrote: Sep 06, 2012 7:59 AM
Matthew, the constitution simply restricts congress from passing laws respective of religion. It doesn't say that money can't be spent on nativity scenes or similar Christmas paraphernalia. It doesn't prohibit spending of money on other religion items either, as long as it's not a law. Discretionary spending is often used as a morale booster and these things boost religious people's morale.
johnm h Wrote: Sep 06, 2012 8:02 AM
Maybe that's a good reason to try to stick to the constitution. However the only faith I see being put forth in legislation is nihilism/marxism in it's various fadish forms.
MatthewlovesAyn Wrote: Sep 06, 2012 8:09 AM
Actually, Chris, it says you can't establish religion. I would say that spending yours and my money on nativity scenes is establishing Christianity. I believe the SCOTUS agrees.
Dean197 Wrote: Sep 06, 2012 9:32 AM
It doesn't say it can't be spent on foot basins for Muslims in government buildings, either. Or that voting is a right. Or that we're entitled to a fair trial. The Constitution is the basis of our republic, not the whole of it. If we need the government to spend money boosting our morale, maybe it should do so in a way aimed at all Americans.
MatthewlovesAyn Wrote: Sep 06, 2012 10:11 AM
Dean: It would boost my morale by being much, much smaller and not being 16 trillion dollars in debt. It doesn't say a lot of things and that's why there is an enumerated powers clause. What it doesn't say, it shouldn't do!

A new study produced by the Chronicle of Philanthropy shows that 14 out of the top 20 states in charitable giving are red, or Republican states, while 12 of the bottom 15 are blue, or Democrat states.

“The nation's sharp political divide can provide a clue to fundraisers,” writes the Chronicle. “The eight states that ranked highest in The Chronicle's analysis voted for John McCain in the last presidential contest while the seven lowest-ranking states supported Barack Obama.”

The study also found that the more religious states- which also happen to be more Republican- tend to give more than the...

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