This is a quote from Allen Watt.  One of the best speakers about religion on NPR.  If you don't believe me just read the book of Leviticus.  

Fundamentalist Christians raciest are the most none Christlike people in America.  I have been an Atheist since I was very young  but I have read the bible from front to back.  It is full of a lot of ideology similar to the Muslim Bible.  Stoning people, selling you children, not going near a woman who is having her cycle.

The only redeeming thing in it is Christ's teaching.  Love you neighbor, do unto others as you would want them to do to you.

How can Christians be so fucking hateful?    

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Hi John, they pick 'n choose 'coz deep down they know it's a pile of man made rubbish. So many are swept up in the 'social' side of their belief system experience that to admit to not believing could end in the loss of friends or even family. This can have a profound effect on people and a number of the stranger cults, like the mermons, err..mormons, the scientoologists, the jehoova witless's all use the threat of social exclusion to maintain the ranks. What I really can't figure, is how people can have 'faith' (a completely meaningless word, up there with 'theology') in religious doctrines outlined by nomadic goat herders from the bronze age. I mean, apart from flashing red lights, it really couldn't be more obvious. The lack of a gawd manifests itself every day. Look at Pakistan, a theocratic state.
I think that hits the nail right on the head Robert! That is exactly what I think, and anyone who has attended church, sees it's all about social pecking order and acceptance. I saw that even as a child....I just don't do pretend well, and being rational is something I refuse to sacrifice for social acceptance. So see all yall good people in hell!!! rofl
I have read the Bible from the beginning to end 2 times and I have a hard time believing that most Christians have done this. If they did read it, it wasn't with an open mind. It is full of so much crap. I guess they just don't read it or do not pay attention to the BS in it,
I teach at a university full of fundamentalists.  The other day I polled a class about evolution, and only one student out of 23 said she believed it.  No one in the class had read the entire Bible or knew anything about it except a few commonly repeated bits and pieces.  They didn't have a clue what the theory of evolution says or means.  But they are damn sure they're right about faith.
How do they make it to the university level if they are that uneducated?
They hang around a high school until someone hands them a diploma.  That usually takes about four years.  Then they get Pell grants and federally subsidized loans.  Their ignorance is exacerbated by the fact that their teachers, school administrators, parents, friends, and many of their college professors don't accept Darwin's work because 75% of them have been "raised in the church."  We are in the middle of the Bible Belt, after all.
This past week 70 military men at a base in VA (I think) were punished because they would not go to a Christian Concert. They were restricted to their barrack and made to clean it up. I have been reading of other types of forcing Christianity down the throats by commanding officers in all branches. For the life of me I can not understand how ordering military people to attend a Christian function is even legal
It's not. It's being investigated.
The Air Force has a big problem with this sort of thing at Colorado Springs

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Had a similar conversation with my husband who still is giving Jesus the benefit of the doubt. He says Jesus came to tell everyone that they were doing it wrong. So the old testament is wiped out by the new and that's why you don't stone people anymore. A new covenant. He doesn't believe the bible is the expressed word of god,, but right there, I can't see that if its not the word of god, how can you give Jesus any credibility whatsoever? He's just a dude that started a cult, then. He maintains the bible is not to be taken literally. I really can't argue much with him, he gets all worked up. It hard to have to have that between us. He really doesn't like to hear arguments at all. Most of the time I have to bite my tongue, lest start a fight but it bugs me that he won't even listen to argument.



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