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Religious News and Notes from the Distaff Side- 1/14/2017

10 February 2017 at 5:34:59 PM


From DaylightAtheism- It is never good to believe in falsehoods

I’m an anti-theist because I believe that truth matters. Fundamentally, theism isn’t true – there are no gods or other supernatural beings overseeing the world – and it matters whether people believe this.

It’s not good to believe in falsehoods, no matter how benign or comforting they are. It implies that you either don’t care whether your beliefs are true, or that you can’t tell the difference, and either way, it’s a bad habit of mind to get into. Whether it’s praying for a miracle rather than working to make it happen, or taking sugar pills instead of medicine, or living on a coast and ignoring sea level rise, shutting your eyes to what’s true is a habit that’s likely to come back and bite you in the long run.

And this is the best case, because it assumes that religion is entirely benign, which of course it isn’t. The world is plagued with evils whose only justification is “Because God said so”. Oppressive theocracies, cruel and absurd rules, and awful tortures both psychological and literal have been visited – are being visited – on people in the name of supernatural beliefs. Being an anti-theist means wanting to abolish these ideas which have caused so much needless harm.

Troopers in sC to stop handing out religious grief books

"But we have never seen a government office send out Christian literature,without even knowing anything about the religious background of the person it is being sent to," he said. "This is really just stunning and incredibly insensitive. A church-state violation like this is pretty jaw dropping."


Free speech is not about protecting ideas everyone agrees with

 Smith is actually teaching the kids an important lesson about America. And he's also teaching more about tolerance than some parents are doing.

You see, in America, free speech can get ugly. That's the price you pay for having free speech. That's why the Ku Klux Klan wanted to to march in heavily-Jewish Skokie, Ill. years ago (they wound up marchng in Chicago). It may be ugly and uncomfortable, but free speech is not about protecting speech that everybody agrees with.



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