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Bible study was not required when we discussed it. And along those same lines I don't need to know the tenants of any religion to discuss what they religion did or what people did in the mname of that religion.
ARTICLE 11. As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion,-as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen,-and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.
then allowing a religion that requires its adherents to kill those who do not accept it is lack of respect for public safety by Congress and the President
1. Say: O disbelievers!
2. I worship not that which ye worship;
3. Nor worship ye that which I worship.
4. And I shall not worship that which ye worship.
5. Nor will ye worship that which I worship.
6. Unto you your religion, and unto me my religion.
So why are people still condemning each other over religions that state to do the opposite?
Oh, the treaty was originally written and negotiated in Arabic, with "Musselmen" being Muslim and "Mehomitan" being Mohammedan. Does that count as info our schools should teach about Islam?
Ironically, I learned it from personal studies too. Like I mentioned earlier in this thread, my k-12 didn't teach about religions at all. It was so ridiculous that I had an English teacher once tell our class that we should take English more seriously because it's "The Original Language of the Bible". Several of us looked at each in disbelief, then made sure the teacher corrected himself by saying he meant the King James Version.
originally posted by: TheRedneck
a reply to: enlightenedservant
I disagree; there is one more thing we can do. We can each, in his own time, step outside our culture and our comfort zone to learn something new. The problem we face today is in large part due to people refusing to do this in their own life, while trying to demand others do so.
Humans are made to learn. We all crave knowledge. Many are simply too fearful to pursue it and that fear will cause them to push back violently if forced to confront it. But as one chooses, of their own volition, to make that fearful first step toward knowledge, others will follow of their own free will. That's how you destroy the fearful attitude that started this thread: with single small steps.
Reaching out is half the battle. You have to be received and accepted for it to work. Failed attempts to bridge a gap, can sometimes make that gap larger, for one or both parties.
But far too many others are far from helpful. By carrying their chip around on their shoulder, just waiting for the wrong word or phrase to be dropped, they are denying people the opportunity to freely learn about each other. They are promoting the very bigoted actions they claim to despise. They are keeping racism, sexism, and all the evil isms alive and well by refusing to let them heal under the soothing poultice of knowledge. They are the true racists and bigots. Not the average guy who just doesn't know which words to use.