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Neutering Religious Holidays

Dean197 Wrote: Nov 18, 2014 10:52 AM
Not just a religion, but a religion of first order? Maybe you should convert.
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Neutering Religious Holidays

Dean197 Wrote: Nov 18, 2014 10:52 AM
There's nothing in the law that requires the school to take this route.
What a lot of pessimists seem to miss is that these devices will be available to poor people as well. A general-purpose robot will cost less than a car ten years after it's introduced. If you can't buy one, you can rent one. Not to mention 3-D printers and laptops 500 times more powerful than today's. It's hard to fathom how CHEAP this much automation will make things, and impossible to predict how people will creatively make use of it. With so much intelligence, manufacturing capability, and labor at our fingertips, anyone could own the means of production. It could be the end of poverty in the sense of people going hungry or not having opportunity to reach their potential if they're ambitious. That may be optimistic, but historically, we muddle through about midway between utopia and dystopia, and the slope has been upward.
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God and the Constitution

Dean197 Wrote: Nov 14, 2014 11:11 AM
No, freedom from religion only requires the freedom to not be religious and the freedom to not have your tax dollars used to endorse or promote religion. It doesn't require any suppression. You are not specially entitled to play by different rules because your religion is currently in the majority. That protects you, too, because it might not always be so.
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God and the Constitution

Dean197 Wrote: Nov 14, 2014 11:08 AM
Not getting to use government resources to promote your religion isn't censorship. You're entitled to preach, you're not entitled to a taxpayer-funded venue and PA system.
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God and the Constitution

Dean197 Wrote: Nov 14, 2014 11:07 AM
And it's best for religion as well. It's not a coincidence that America is the most religious developed country while state-supported churches in Europe are vanishing.
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God and the Constitution

Dean197 Wrote: Nov 14, 2014 11:06 AM
There is no statement that we have a right to a fair trial or a right to vote, either. In addition to the Bill of Rights, the Constitution specifies that no religious test will be used to determine if someone can hold public office or a postiion of public trust.
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God and the Constitution

Dean197 Wrote: Nov 14, 2014 11:04 AM
If that's all you got, I guess you gotta go with it.
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One Nation Under Godlessness

Dean197 Wrote: Nov 14, 2014 11:03 AM
Yet violent crime, with the exception of a few upticks, has gone down dramatically in the last thirty years. Headlines are a terrible source for getting a valid picture of trends.
No one can kill Christianity but Christians.
The facts about what some inidividuals said on the internet? People on the internet are rarely representative of their demographic. If people got their image of Christians from a selection of their blogs and comments chosen to 'prove' they think what you say they do, you could make it seem like Christians hold any position you want.
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