posted on Jun, 18 2011 @ 12:16 AM
Although I do not follow any religion, believe in any deity, or subscribe to any one given group of religious rules, I am one that truly is in awe of
those who have some sort of true faith. I think it's a wonderful thing.
That said, I have yet to find an organized religion (not the same thing) that has any truth, or correct moral compass.
The 'rise' of atheism is based only on the social acceptance of those who would question the authoritarian rule of the 'established' religions.
That means that socially, the world is a somewhat more tolerant place. Live and let live being the ideal. However, this same acceptance has given rise
to a growing number of fanatics on all sides of religion. We are constantly barraged by the vitriol, hatred, and outright lies of the religious
extreme. This is true of all the established religions (possibly with the exception of Judaism, who seem to value personal spiritual responsibility.
BTW: Buddhism always did, but that's a philosophy rather that a deity driven religion). The religious people we see in the media today are the
absolute fringe abominations. They've always been there, but we have instant coverage these days, so the wingnuts get the press. These idiots hold
back progress for mankind. They invent things that were never present in any of their holy books or teachings. They call it "interpretation." They
mostly use their position for political gain. Again, this isn't new. It has always been the way of the religions. Control, power and wealth.
Spirituality becomes a vehicle by which the are gained, rather than the driving factor.
The religions are a scourge on the future of our planet. They don't pay taxes, but expect (and heavily lobby for) political change based on their
beliefs. This is directly a violation of the separation of church and state. If they want a say, they can all pay taxes. If I were to create a new
religion, it would not be deemed tax exempt because it is not recognized by the state. This is directly a violation of the separation of church and
state. The religions should be a personal thing. If you choose to adhere to any given religion, you are free to do so. That freedom also should be
afforded to those who don't. Faith based 'initiatives' are a violation of personal freedom. All US tax payers pay a premium to cover the tax exempt
status of the "recognized" religions. This - to all those who do not adhere to any religion - is taxation without representation. If you disagree,
you owe me about $900 per year. Thank you for your "donation."
Taxation without representation created the USA via armed conflict. As I mentioned above, your faith is very special to me - as much as it is to you.
However, it is not my responsibility to fund it; and I am, as a taxpayer, funding it. The USA is not a Christian nation (please refer to the Treaty of
Tripoli signed by John Adams, who knew slightly more than you do about the thoughts of the 'founding fathers'). It is not Jewish, Muslim, or any
other religion either. It is a country of free people. If many of those people forego the shackles of organized religion, they have the freedom to do
so. Your opinion, whether it is faith based or not, matters not a jot to this fact.
The rise of atheism, agnosticism, and outright indigence to religion comes from the spread of information. We question what is not proven. We seek
truth. We do not find it within the dogma of the established religions.
You can scream all day long how the world is only 4000 years old, but there's an awful lot of contradictory information with data to support it. If
your data is Bronze-age stories told in a book from the third or fourth centuries, you really aren't based in reality. You're not convincing. The
modern world is wholly based on people being 'convinced.' Consequently, the churches are losing ground.
As I mentioned above, I have no personal problem with your faith - if you have it. Please don't have a problem with my reservations of its
Our future? Tax the religions. All of them. You'll be amazed at what happens to the economy. That's a good start.