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Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 04:22 pm
They say the two topics you should never discuss in polite company are religion and politics. Well, I'm about to break both of those, so be warned. Read more at your own risk.

I consider myself to be a very spiritual person, in my own QUIET AND PERSONAL way. My spirituality is my own path to walk, and no one else's. I do not try to persuade others to walk my path because I know that they cannot -- they must walk their own.

Knowing that, it should come as no surprise that I get irritated with those who try to tell others what path to walk, or to tell me how I should walk mine.

The biggest offenders in recent days seem to be those so-called Christian Conservatives who seem to want to have their cake and eat it, too -- they want laws passed to be sure everyone else follows their interpretation of their holy book, without the inconvenience of such things as giving money to help the poor, or getting their own hands dirty doing good works. In the words of John Fugelsang, "If you don't want your tax dollars to help the poor, then stop saying you want a country based on Christian values -- because you don't."

They claim that the Founding Fathers were Christians, and intended this to be a Christian nation. I hate to disappoint, but there is too much evidence to the contrary -- evidence expressed in the writings of those same Founding Fathers, such as the excerpts in the link below.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/03/18/1285607/-If-Our-Founding-Fathers-Were-All-Christians-Why-Did-They-Say-This?detail=email#

Here's a thought: Why don't we take all the energy we're spending on worrying about labels, and about whether or not we should take a repeatedly-translated book and interpret it in its most literal sense, and instead apply that energy towards making ourselves better people?

Can you just imagine what that one change could accomplish?

Unfortunately, I suspect that less than 1% of the people who read this will actually do it. What a pity.

I *DARE* you to prove me wrong!
Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 09:50 pm (UTC)
This, all of this.

Nothing witty to add, just a sense of knowing the church I grew up in doesn't seem to lock in well with what I see from those who describe themselves as Conservative Christian.

And no, no proselytizing to me of generic your paths!!!!
Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 10:13 pm (UTC)
What you said.

As though you had any doubt of my reaction?
Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 11:13 pm (UTC)
What you said. To the Nth.