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Why Faith Is No Longer Good Policy.

All gods ever claimed to exist were claimed to exist by humans.

Of the thousand or more god-concepts that are claimed today, right this very second, most contradict or nullify the others. All the claims we have ever seen admit that their god is not detectable from the human perspective. Each god requires you believe on faith, meaning without material evidence.  Normally humans don't do that. Normally we check our bank balance to know how much we have. We don't bank on faith. Presumably,banking is not nearly as important as how you relate to the entire universe... so you would really want some solid evidence before picking one of the 1000 current (or the thousands of previous) gods to believe in without evidence. 

What to do?

Your best bet is to reject claims of Allah, Shiva, Jehovah and L.Ron's Ghost until such time as there is a shred of evidence for one of them.  You can't, as the church lady will admonish you to, rely on faith. Which one do you have faith in?  The one that's popular geographically? That's for Kardashians, not for omnipotent creators of space and time. Nope.

You just have to take the default position.  That makes sense, right? If one of these claims is true, or there is a god who has not yet been defined, you would think and hope that they would appreciate your intelligence and patience in the matter of that discovery. If that space monster blames you, he/she/it is an asswipe.
In the meantime, ain't nature grand?!
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Separation of Church and State, not a “Judeo-Christian value?”

Some genius on a friend’s thread about the pledge of allegiance , went on a rant about how America was “founded on Judeo-Christian principles, that the “Separation of Church and State has been turned on it’s head…” and of course that our founders wanted America to be Christian.

After asking for a definition of “Judeo-Christian Values” I added this comment to the thread:

“When my grandmother was worshiping and praying to her savior, Jesus Christ, if you called her a “Christian” she would slap you in the face. The thing that has been turned on it’s head in the past few decades is the sweeping under the rug of the PROFOUND differences between sects of protestantism, not to mention the irreconcilable schisms between protestant and catholic or catholic and Greek orthodox worship of the New Testament. — “We’re all Christians” is a statement of absolute ignorance of the stark differences in belief of the worlds great religions and the separate versions of the one that uses the new testament. One of the reasons the SEPARATION of CHURCH and state was implemented has never “turned”… it is to keep your sect safe from the others.
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Every sect … or nearly every one… makes it clear that all the others are wrong. If there is an afterlife (no evidence of that exists) and you have to be a protestant to have a good one, you still have only 1 in 23 THOUSAND chances of picking the right one. If you factor in all of the religions that have more than a million adherents who also believe in an afterlife that is dependent on believing the “right” thing, you have a 1 in 200,000 chance of picking the right one.
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The separation of Church and State lets you live your life in the “wrong one” without letting any other sect persecute you. By not allowing the government to choose Catholic, you are safe as a protestant… by not allowing the Government to test candidates to make sure that they are Episcopalian, you as a Baptist may be elected.
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I cannot think of a better value than, “let me believe what I want… and let there be no test of those beliefs If I seek public service.” Jews and “Christians” do not value that. They traditionally value adherence to one value whilst slaughtering tribes that believe differently. It is one of the 10 commandments not to allow those who choose the wrong belief to live with your tolerance. That is a shitty value.
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Our deist founders held NO such values.”  Our deist founders, many of them, preferred what today would be called, atheism, or the rejection of supernatural claims, as anything other than hypothetical.

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Are you qualified for democracy?

Lower wages, fewer jobs and bleak futures are the result of decisions. If I ask someone “whose decisions?” and they answer “the president.” they are not *yet* qualified to engage in democracy.


That’s when I do my best to explain what the legislative branch is (2 houses of congress, the house based on population, and the senate based on a “2 each” model.) Then I tell them that they make their decisions based on who pressures them.

Then I tell them that both parties pretty much only listen to the richest and most powerful. Then I tell them that this means the top 0.1% is making the choices regarding our experience of our economy.

Then if they can still follow me, I tell them that getting money out of politics would immediately change the decisions of law makers. Without even discussing the overreach of the supreme court and if they heard me, they are now (possibly) qualified to engage in democracy.

Do you do something like this?

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Syria for the first time

The US is going to bomb Syria for the first time in our history.

The “Long Oil War” has not ended since Bush. In 2000 we were at war with no one. We have been at war now since 2001….13 years. If Palin/McCain had been elected we would have bombed and attacked Libya, North Korea, Iran, Pakistan.. and expanded in Afghanistan and Iraq. Voting mattered because it’s not as bad as it could have been… but I can’t help thinking that if we went from 25% voter participation to 80% participation, we would be at peace.

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Corporations are not people! (video)

Yep. Corporations have bought off our representatives so they don’t listen to us.

But we can change that together. Want to? Watch this

 

then go here:

http://www.movetoamend.org

and here:

http://www.wolf-pac.com

 

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Charts: Really seeing how our money is being stolen

 

This little video is a CLASSIC!

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Why Good Americans Keep Religion Out Of Democracy

Women have never been safe from religion

…but we will keep trying

By Corporations_ate_my_BABY


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Hey, I know this sounds crazy but people’s “deeply held beliefs” are almost always a danger to the women we love.

The reason we all need to be concerned about religion (if we are concerned about our shared society) is because our goals are to have good and beneficial POLICIES.  Politics can lead to enough consensus that we get that POLICY.  Policy leads to societal good.  The goal is what’s good for as many of us as possible.

Religion scrambles the brain and logic with emotions so profoundly that people then have trouble with logic and rational thinking. That’s when they support policies that lead to BAD societal outcomes.  But it gets worse: religious leaders and “experts” can then tell these believers that the policies that harmed them were under-applied… It didn’t work “because we really NEED MORE witch-burning to have happy women…”

They can claim that we need to burn ten or a hundred times more women to have happy women.  And the human brain, when under-informed due to a blindness brought on by religious belief, cannot see the wrong in burning women. Good women are then actually tied up and burned until town after town begins running out of women to burn.  After this puritan holocaust, when people finally come to their senses and decide, oops,  maybe they misunderstood scripture, no one apologizes or gets in trouble – there is no accountability in faith.  In fact, the crazy men who told everyone to burn witches are soon the ones who decide “what god really meant”… and now it’s onto burning kittens and puppies (the female ones, of course).

All over the nation, “deeply held religious beliefs” are causing men to insert themselves between women and their doctors.. and it’s all about punishment. It’s all about today’s new fantasy regarding what is “moral” and that women need to be punished by being jailed “if they endanger the baby by taking drugs (… smoking.. eating sushi… choosing the wrong god..)” – The morality-police next want to separate babies from these evil, immoral mothers s they can discard them; throw them in jail… and feel so faithful to their beliefs.

And so countless women in Tennessee, fearing punishment, will not go to the doctor anymore…especially if they have any trouble with substances. Now that fetus and later that baby gets even less help.  To the believers, there will be even more ‘wicked women… ‘ and it will get worse and worse. This is already happening.

This is where we come in. We can see that religion is metaphor and we can see that law and society is a “here-and-now-reality.”   And as much as the preachers scream, we are tasked.  We must beat them back and say, “Separate our state from your church-beliefs”… and if we fight back hard enough, we stop ANY MORE women from being burned.  In the meanwhile, they who lit the matches and gathered the kindling, go back to plotting their next rise to power.
The day is at hand. Be ever vigilant.  No more women need be burned at the stake of superstition.

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Here’s the short link to use on Twitter or.. wherever you wish:

 

http://wp.me/pqMgr-bO

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August 2, 2014 · 9:37 PM