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Old September 16th 05, 06:01 PM
Michael Coslo
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Mike Coslo wrote:


Mike Coslo wrote:

K4YZ wrote:


K4YZ wrote:

nobodys_old_friend wrote:

Mike Coslo wrote:


Bingo! It is no exaggeration to note that the
biggest atheists here in
the US are almost all filled to the gills
with "Christian Values".

?? I'm not sure what you mean, Mike.

Even though a person may proclaim to be an
atheist, that person was
raised in a society that is pretty much Christian,
and overwhelmingly

The atheist person is going to have most of those same
values as the rest of the society.

Maybe. After all, "Christian" societies gave us folks
like Joe Stalin and that German guy with the Charlie Chaplin

They were definitely aberrations.

We all have to have some sort of values, save
for the rare and sick few.

But all value systems are not created equal.

Of course not. Now compare the other value systems
to ours, and you see
why even atheists have Christian values even if they were
raised in a Christian country

Way too simplified.

Just simple enough! I'm not trying to say that we all act like one
another. There is variability among any social group. But our values are
based on our society and it's influences. And in American society as a
whole, a large part of it is Christian influence. I don't hold with the
concept of Sabbath days, but I sure like my Saturday and Sunday off. I
had a few jobs in the deep dark past that required me to work weekends,
and take my days off in the middle of the week. Didn't seem right! 8^)

"Christians" can't even agree on what "Christian values" are.

Never have, never will. As long as man creates God in his own image......

For example, look at how long some "Catholics" and "Protestants"
have been going at each other, in places like Northern Ireland.

Is that a "Christian value"?

Yes, IMO.

How about equal rights for people of different genders, races, creeds,

Heck, go back just 150 years and there were "Christians" arguing that
it was His will that some people *own* other people....

Whatever you want to do, there can be a religious excuse for it.

And there is nothing wrong with most of those values. The ten
commandments? A lot of that is good stuff.

Sure - but a lot of that is also not necessarily only
derived from religion.

The religions were some of original social order came from.

Sure - but that doesn't mean we have to do things the way
they were done thousands of years ago.

I don't follow, Jim. I don't think I ever said that we were supposed to
do that.

Democracy came from the Greeks - who were pagans. In fact most of what
we consider "western civilization" (the concept of a republic, the dome
and the arch, even the alphabet you read these words with) came from
Romans, who were pagans too. Mostly, anyway. But we don't honor Zeus

I'm busy with the Turtles myself.....

Yes, the Greeks came up with Democracy. And I doubt any religion based
society would *ever* engage in democracy. Religions *know* how things
are supposed to be, and why on earth would they allow any deviation. But
that isn't my point.

Most of what is in the Ten Commandments can be easily
derived from a pair of questions:

"What would a society be like if everyone obeyed that rule?"

"What would a society be like if everyone disobeyed that

For example, take stealing. A society composed solely of
(people who live by theft rather than production) cannot
exist, because
pretty soon there will be nothing left to steal. But a
society composed
of people who don't steal can prosper, because
production is the basis of wealth. Therefore stealing is
intrinsically "wrong" because it's not productive.

We better not stand too hard
on that "covet thy neighbors goods stuff, tho'.

Depends how you define "covet".

Keeping up with the Joneses kind of works that way for me.

If my neighbor has a new car, and I want one too, and I work
hard and save up to buy one, that's a good thing!

That is keeping up with the Joneses

And it's a good thing! That's not "coveting" to me.

And here we delve into a theological discussion!!!

But if my neighbor has a new car, and I want one too, and I
him for it, try to steal or damage it, that's a bad thing!

A redundant commandment?


And "not having any
other God before me" kind of makes it a problem to post it in
the courthouse.

Why should a courthouse, which is paid for by taxes, be a
where the specific words of one religion are publicized to the
exclusion of others?

We agree.

When they let me post quotes from the Book of Bokonon next to
the Ten Commandments....

I see no problem with private citizens posting their
on public property *if* other private citizens have the same right.

I want a turtle holding up the world statue! Turtles all the way down!

Flying Spaghetti Monster. (look it up)

We are what we are, and our heritage is where it comes from.

But not just our heritage. We've gotten beyond a heritage
of some people owning other people as property. We've gotten
beyond a heritage where people of one gender can vote and
people of the other gender cannot. Etc.

There are some for whom this new state of being is a problem.

Are they "Christians"?

They call themselves that. And I guess it is like "art", you can call
yourself whatever you can get away with.

I suppose that it is a great comfort to many
people to "know" just how
things are supposed to be, and to have great faith
in that "knowing".

Of course.

But the faithful have had a long and storied
history of depriving others
of what they believe is their own faith's fundamental rights.

Every freedom carries with it at least one responsibility.
Freedom of religion can only extend to those religions that
can tolerate each other. (For example, a religion that taught
that unbelievers must be murdered cannot claim that such
behavior is protected by religious freedom. That case is
obvious but many similar cases aren't.)

Do you think that Fundies actually want freedom? Certainly for
themselves, but I wonder about others.....

Sometimes the question is more important than the answer...

- mike KB3EIA -