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Steve970 Wrote: Mar 02, 2013 10:31 PM
Have you ever tried to talk an avalanche into stopping? Doesn't reality have the "binding power" to indicate to you that you SHOULD get out of the way of the falling rocks?
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Steve970 Wrote: Mar 02, 2013 10:28 PM
People in the government do not need any "sense of God," they simply need to uphold the Constitution. And if they do have some "sense of God," they need to ignore it and simply uphold the Constitution. It is not the job of the government to promote (or attack) religion. It is the job of the government to protect our individual rights to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness.
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Steve970 Wrote: Mar 02, 2013 10:06 PM
Well, you certainly could say that reality is a "higher power" than the mind -- since wishing won't change reality. But in the specific terms of a human being's life, there is no higher cognitive and moral power than his own mind and rational judgment.
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Steve970 Wrote: Mar 02, 2013 10:03 PM
It is no proper business of a government to either acknowledge or disavow God. Governments should just leave people free to believe or not -- as their own individual judgment, and not anyone else's, decides.
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Steve970 Wrote: Mar 02, 2013 9:54 PM
Reality has always been around; there is nothing "modern" about it. And it certainly isn't a "bias;" it's really there. It's the supernatural which isn't there, not even anywhere.
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Steve970 Wrote: Mar 02, 2013 5:46 PM
I agree that there are "good versions" of religion -- that is, there are religions that have become LESS RELIGIOUS due to the progress of civilization. The way Christianity was tempered by the Enlightenment is a good example. Christianity even got toned down with the New Testament compared to the Old Testament. Of course, the basic problem with religion is that it doesn't take reality seriously, but tries to substitute the supernatural for the actual.
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Faith Crucial to Life and State

Steve970 Wrote: Mar 02, 2013 5:16 PM
Religion is not something separate from man; it is one of the corrupt institutions that people impose on themselves and others. Religion did not have some pristine pre-human existence which people came along and corrupted.
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Steve970 Wrote: Mar 02, 2013 4:10 PM
[]"...people's individual lives have something inviolable and sacred at their center, something that cannot and should not be legislated: A higher power than government, to put it in basic terms."[] It is the INDIVIDUAL HUMAN MIND that is the "higher power." Human thought and productivity can do things no government could ever do. It was, in fact, humans who invented government, not vice versa. Government is simply what people want it to be -- and it SHOULD be simply a protector of our rights. It should not impose religion on us.
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The Atheist Response to Sandy Hook

Steve970 Wrote: Feb 09, 2013 9:51 PM
And what a shame, I just noticed over to the right side, that Coulter gets top billing over Sowell.
[]Our country was founded on Judeo-Christian values ...[] How does the traditional "Judeo-Christian value" of the "Divine Right of Kings" supposedly give this country its foundation?
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The Atheist Response to Sandy Hook

Steve970 Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 6:45 PM
While God is certainly a fictional character, Jesus may have been a real person (though claiming to be the son of a fictional character). Of course, that Jesus is dead now, and in no need of servants.
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