Post by awaken21
At least in the US your religion doesn't
decide what services are available to you,
what the laws are, what taxes you have to
pay, how public services are delivered
and maintained, what you're allowed to do
with your own property...
Seems to me there's a huge difference and
it doesn't matter what anyone believes.
In politics seems to me like you can only
opt out of being active in the process,
you can't opt out of it's results.
In some states of the US, the rainwater that
falls on your property belongs to the state
and not to you.
Regardless of your religion, even if you
have none, the Mormons can charge in to
baptise you after your death. Jews are
Obama's dead mother, Stanley Ann Dunham,
was baptised by them.
<<Ann later went back to Indonesia with
Maya, and when Obama visited, they would
take him to Borobudur, one of the largest
Buddhist temples in the world. Later,
while working in India, Ann lived for a
time in a Buddhist monastery.>>
<<Obama happens to be the kind of Christian
who believes non-Christians, including his
beloved mother, can go to heaven.
Here is what he told a colleague and me
when we interviewed him for Newsweek
magazine during the 2008 campaign: "It is
a precept of my Christian faith that my
redemption comes through Christ, but I am
also a big believer in the Golden Rule,
which I think is an essential pillar not
only of my faith but of my values and my
ideals and my experience here on Earth.
I've said this before, and I know this
raises questions in the minds of some
evangelicals. I do not believe that my
mother, who never formally embraced
Christianity as far as I know . . . I do
not believe she went to hell.">>
Previously, I mentioned that Darwin's
wife Emma was afraid that she and he
would be separated in eternity because
she, as a Christian, would go to heaven
and he, a non-believer, would go to hell.
Madame Guyon often quotes John 14:2:
"In my Father's house are many rooms"
("il y a plusieurs demeures dans le
Royaume du Seigneur", "Il y a plusieurs
demeures dans la maison du Père céleste"),
though she means it only for Christians.
She is defending herself from charges of