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Originally posted by SurvivalSupplyIndustries
Being an atheist, I have always considered myself to be a little smarter than the average bear... and thus words like "God" imprinted on my money or mentioned in the pledge I sometimes recite at certain events have never bothered me. Why? Because they are just words and they ring hollow with me. So why not with all other atheists?
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Originally posted by Dbriefed
The entire foundation of the US as a nation is that we are created equal, that we have rights given by God which cannot be taken, such as life, liberty, and to pursue our dreams. If there is no God, then the rights we have are only permitted us by the ruling class (government employees, police, landlords, employers). Do you want to live in a world where the only rights you have are what others decide you may temporarily have?
Originally posted by newcovenant
The question I have I guess is, should God be taken out of the pledge if you do not believe in Him?
I am wondering what kinds of reactions and responses this title will provoke.
Originally posted by Gorman91
Divisive wars between primitives. We're talking about modern people. After all, that's the whole reason you used Greece as an example.
At most you can say that about the Europeans. Of which, were they really Christian? Were they really doing anything other than what their kings said? or what the pope said?
Originally posted by Illusionsaregrander
reply to post by Annee
I remember some poor little Jehovahs witness girl reduced to tears because she was not allowed by her parents to pledge allegiance to the flag in class and the teacher made a huge deal of it.
And I remember compulsory school prayers before lunch, too.
I do agree that for their to truly be freedom of religion, people should not be allowed to impose God on those who do not believe.
Originally posted by canuckaclehead
The nation was founded under God ... if you don't believe in God, than for you it is nothing more than a historical reference.
Delusion is just 1 of the symptoms of schizophrenia en.wikipedia.org...
Originally posted by LIMAECHOGOLF if it makes people a little happier and a little more undercontrol because they have to answer to someone else when they are dead so be it
Originally posted by gentledissident
reply to post by LIMAECHOGOLF
The Egyptian commandments are, in large part, based on ethics. no immortals need be involved.
Originally posted by LIMAECHOGOLFa little more undercontrol
(Arkansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas) also contain clauses that prohibit atheists from holding public office. However, these clauses were held by the U.S. Supreme Court to be unenforceable