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Go to: At religious campuses, atheist groups operate underground

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If the students knew it was a Catholic college, perhaps they could have applied to a different one instead. That there should be religous schools or colleges in the first place is an important issue, in a society which should not allow discrimination of any sort. But while there are still such establishments, which are not against the law, then it is understandable that these should want to encourage those with a similar philosophy to their own to be students. Although religious groups from different faiths are allowed, theoretically, the three monotheistic religions are supposed to worship the same god, but atheists obviously worship no god. Believers are much more accepting of believers from different faiths than they are of those with no faith at all.

Sun, 06 Nov 2011 02:50:46 UTC | #887763

Go to: How to get the 'fear of God' out of my system?

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I don't believe it is possible to totally rid yourself of old religious views. Logically, you may be able to argue against those who have those views, but this doesn't mean you will innately feel free of former beliefs. What we believe and what we feel are often the complete opposite.

Sat, 05 Nov 2011 21:36:03 UTC | #887685

Go to: Can or should there be a language of comfort?

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The saddest use of language seen on grave stones is "Fell Asleep." I am moved by the fact that to the loved ones of the deceased, this is the best way they can describe death. It is a way that offers hope for the future, because those who have fallen asleep can aways awaken. If this gives some sort of comfort to people, I don't see that there is anything wrong with it.

Death is a personal famly affair, and it is up to those still living to choose the language that most gives them comfort. The fact that others do not share their hope of a life to come should not be a consideration.

Fri, 04 Nov 2011 18:12:17 UTC | #887405

Go to: Tired of arguing with friends and family

Pittamina's Avatar Jump to comment 39 by Pittamina

It depends how much you enjoy arguing. If you want a quiet life, then perhaps agreeing to disagree, and deciding not to raise controversial subjects might be the best option. However, this will not always ensure your life is argument free, because there are people who want to argue for the sake of it. They need to feel and appear right, no matter what the subject. And don't expect scientific evidence to help your arguments, because there are many people, perhaps even the majority, who do not have any faith in science. They would rather believe in crop circles, the healing power of crystals or that the universe is 6,000 years old. No amount of logic will make any difference, and you will end up feeling and appearing to be the ignorant one. If centuries of scientific understanding have produced little change in people's understanding, then your arguments are unlikely to. The fact that a Flat Earth Society exists, which denies the evidence that the Earth is a globe, shows, that people will believe what they want to. So, perhaps it is best to let them. If someone is convinced that they have fairies at the bottom of the garden, and if this makes them happy, then keeping quiet, is the best thing to do. It can be very tiring arguing all of the time, and realising it is a waste of time should help you to accept that your views are in the minority, although you are enttiled to them, but that for the sake of peace with friends and family it is best to keep them to yourself. If you feel the need to share your views with people who agree with them, then perhaps you should consider joining a group or society, where your views will be welcome.

Tue, 25 Oct 2011 12:38:46 UTC | #883937

Go to: Prejudices

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It is not possible to live without prejudices. When people believe themselves to be liberal, they seem to assume that they are open-minded and without the prejudices which more conservative minds are prone to. However, as we all see the world from our own perspective, and believe that our own views are the only possible correct ones, then we will act as though those who differ in opinion to ourselves are prejudiced, whilst we are free-thinking. And in their attempt to be liberal and accepting of all, liberals can end up accepting groups who are opposed to liberal values, and stand for everything liberals are opposed to. There is an irony in this, which few liberals seem to understand. Liberals should not want to support people or groups, which would deny freedom and equality to women or religious or sexual minorities, as this would seem to go against everything liberals claim to believe in.

Perhaps liberals should take a leaf out of the book of Christopher Hitchens, who is unafraid to speak out against anyone who would deny freedoms to others, whatever their religious or cultural background. Liberals should understand that even people, who they believe to be a persecuted minority can themselves have very distasteful views, which they as liberals should not be supporting. However, any appeal to liberals is likely to fall on deaf ears, because they, just like conservatives or those from any political standpoint are conditioned by prejudice. For any of us to imagine we are free of prejudice is a falsehood, which is perhaps hard to admit to. And, whilst liberals are happy to criticise the religious views of conservative Christians, they seem to have a respect for fundamentalist Islam, which would seem to make little sense. It really should not make a difference if it is a Christian or a Muslim who holds misogynistic or homophobic views. The liberal should be opposed to such views, and the religious background of someone holding such views, should not prevent the liberal criticising them.

Sat, 22 Oct 2011 21:11:11 UTC | #883220

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