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The phrase "God Bless America" does imply that God is a petty nationalist who would selectively bestow his grace upon one group of humans but not others based on their nationality. If He is the God of all humans, then the phrase is frivolous and irrelevant.
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My Apology to Mormon Readers

sjh58 Wrote: Jun 06, 2013 3:48 PM
When people depend upon religion rather than science and reason to understand the universe, there will always be strong differences of opinion. Religious belief relies on faith and faith demands belief without evidence , usually with the threat of eternal damnation to those who are skeptical. It is therefore not surprising that new religions keep developing. Once a person believes in the supernatural rather than the laws of nature and physics, anything is believable. It is not surprising that people such as Joseph Smith, Mohammed and L. Ron Hubbard have had such success at influencing people. They are latter day versions of the early Christian prophets. The Bible is full of contradictions and dubious events and has been used to justify slavery, genocide and subjugation of women. It is pretty obvious that "God's will" is subjective and is whatever a given "authority" says it is. Einstein, who may have been religious, did not believe in a personal God who intervened in people's lives. He chose to search for understanding of the nature of the universe through science rather than the Bible. Thomas Jefferson saw value in Christian morals, but rejected the ideas of virgin birth, miracles, and resurrection. With Americans apparently no more scientifically literate than in Jefferson's time, religion is clearly here to stay. Since the various religious sects cannot all be correct and are more likely the opposite, it would be better to tolerate each other rather than get into a war of dueling mythologies as is the case here.
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My Apology to Mormon Readers

sjh58 Wrote: Jun 06, 2013 1:24 PM
It takes extreme credulity to believe in talking snakes, virgin births, miraculous cures, resurrection from death, etc. Why the sudden skepticism when it comes to the Mormon religion? One might accept the moral messages of a religion while taking the superstitious aspects with a grain of salt. Mormons, in general, seem to live moral lives. Their church is not plagued with systemic pedophilia. They don't blow themselves up in the name of God. Cut them a little slack.
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The Judgment of Future Generations

sjh58 Wrote: May 31, 2013 12:46 PM
Your problem is that your mythology isn't mainstream mythology.
you are confusing conception with contraception
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The Bible vs. Heart

sjh58 Wrote: Apr 02, 2013 2:22 PM
Faith is highly over-rated. Faith requires to suspension of intelligent, rational thought to believe things contradicted by logic or evidence. Few have shown greater faith in God than the terrorists who flew planes into the twin towers. If you believe in something based on faith , you are capable of believing anything.
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Transforming Normalcy

sjh58 Wrote: Mar 26, 2013 1:27 PM
I agree. The vast majority of people want to fit in with others and would not "choose" to become homosexual and therefore the objects of harrassment by the self-righteous. Minority groups such as homosexuals that have become disenfranchised from society tend to have vocal advocates within their ranks in order to regain a sense of dignity. While these activists can be annoying, their activism is a common and predictable occurence among groups that feel alienated.
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The Atheist Response to Sandy Hook

sjh58 Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 5:24 PM
Wrong. For many atheists, because their lives are not consumed with worshiping a mythical god and worring about getting into heaven and avoiding hell, everything matters. An atheist knows it is absurd to think that he can lead an evil, immoral life, then, on his deathbed, accept Jesus as his savior and thereby gain admittance to heaven. The atheist knows that everything in the here and now matters more because this is the only chance we get to live. Morality existed long before man invented religion, otherwise mankind would never have survived. The Bible is hardly a reliable source of moral conduct when it condones slavery and genocide.
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The Atheist Response to Sandy Hook

sjh58 Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 3:06 PM
Communism and totalitarianism are not natural consequences of atheism. Stalin was an incomparably evil man and shouldn't be lumped with Obama or Marx. It has been said that good people will do good things and evil people will do evil things with or without religion. But it takes religion for good people to do evil things. An excellent example of this is the demonstration of religious faith exhibited by the 9/11 terrorists.
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Bad Inventions

sjh58 Wrote: Jan 04, 2013 2:15 PM
Ann is turning into Andy Rooney.
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Atheist Attacks on Christmas

sjh58 Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 12:29 PM
Happy Festivus, Bill
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