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originally posted by: pheonix358
The very first thing to do is to remove the tax exemption status of all religions and treat them simply as corporations seeking to make a profit, for that is what they are doing.
I don't think anyone would have a problem with this if the government would stay out of the religion business. Huston would be a fine example of this.
Next it should be illegal for religions to get involved in politics. It should be individual people that make policy, not these huge monolithic organizations. It is just stupid to allow an autocratic organization with a single dictator (eg, The Pope) to try and tell ordinary citizens in a democracy how to live their lives and how to vote at elections.
Any 501c3 has to sign a document with the condition that it can't participate in the political process. But somehow the reverend Jackson and Sharpton seem to be exempt from this.
Lastly, threats of eternal damnation, torment in hell etc etc, should be treated similar to a threat to kill or harm. In mainstream society such threats are illegal and will land you in court. But in a religious setting, they are accepted and as such, the weak are preyed upon. If of course, the churches can prove eternal damnation in the fires of Hell, then fair enough, but that will not happen until hell freezes over.
This is laughable what does a DA do but threaten people everyday with a death sentence. The difference is the DA can act on his threat and the Priest can't.
The bottom line is that religion is a business and the business model has never changed. What churches get away with has changed over time and for the better.
Just as one example, how can you follow a church that burned people alive at the stake? How can you follow churches that are the most potent abusers of our children and to this very day, actively cover up these horrendous miss deeds.
No one forces people to follow any religion unless you're ISIS. If we took the stance that criminal activity such as child molestation negates an entire religion then the federal government should be disbanded immediately. Unless you consider satanic worship or witchcraft the cause of recent burning at the stake I am unaware of any current religions in the US doing so.
I am constantly amazed at the the irreprehensible stance towards religion when some sort of illegal activity happens, but in the federal government and it just gets glossed over. Since when is it acceptable for a sitting president to have a kill list and intentionally execute a US citizen without an arrest let alone a trial? The man got into office as one of his campaign promises being guantanamo prison needs closed because the inmates didn't get a trial. How rendition
was such a horrible thing and it happens under his watch. Never mind he resigned the patriot act into law without the media making the slightest peep. How many rights has this president and his administration trampled?
Lets apply this same line of thinking to everything.
originally posted by: Not Authorized
How do we solve this.
originally posted by: Not Authorized
Education is the exterminator of false ideas. Are you against education?
“Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.” ~ Joseph Stalin
As another man without a high school diploma, I discovered many years ago that the "educated" class is generally not educated at all, it is mis-educated. The whole purpose of American (perhaps all "western") "higher education" is obviously to bring minds into lock step with "The Agenda." As a general rule, the less official American education a person has been exposed to, the greater his/her ration of common sense.
"Education" is Spiritual Suicide
I am not part of an organized religion, but I find this sort of thinking to be frightening. When you begin to take a section of the population and try to 'exterminate' them because you disagree with them I will be drawing a line in the sand against you and your planned persecution.
As for hate speech and eternal damnation. How do you reconcile that and freedom of speech? I don't agree with content, but, it is a right.