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    Re: Cut Ten Commandments down to 6?

    Quote Originally Posted by notquiteright View Post
    Jerry-
    Perhaps you will understand it better to call atheism a philosophy, not a religion.
    Moot is the person calling atheism a religion. Please address your correction to him.

    Quote Originally Posted by notquiteright View Post
    Framing a philosophic debate in religious trappings is skewing the discussion.
    I agree. Bald is not a hair color, but it a hair style. So, if this is about philosophy, then are the atheists who brought the lawsuit saying that philosophy doesn't belong in the school?

    Quote Originally Posted by notquiteright View Post
    The 'Protestant Ethic' as you call it would come as a bit of a slap in the face of every other hard working faith. True some Americans, mostly surprise, surprise the protestants, hold the phrase up as distinctly American little knowing at the time of it's coining it wasn't a compliment.
    I learned about the Protestant Ethic from an atheist teacher as part of a sociology 101 collage class curriculum: Protestant work ethic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    If someone sees the term as a slap in the face, that's their problem.
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    Re: Cut Ten Commandments down to 6?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    That you're framing atheism as a religion, which debases you're entire argument. Thanks for shooting yourself in the foot.
    I never said a word about atheism let alone it being a religion, so how could I shoot myself in the foot?


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    Lots of religious folks pay taxes, money which then funds the schools we then work at and/or send our children to. We pied for it, so if we want to display a cultural vestiges of the Protestant Ethic which got us the money paying the teacher's over-inflated union salleries, then we're entitled.
    I was referring to organized religion, not individual religious folks per se. The money that the churches collect from the faithful should be taxed if the churches want to use our tax funded institutions to promote their beliefs.

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    Re: Cut Ten Commandments down to 6?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    A decorative laminated piece of paper hanging on a wall is not a church. Geez you people can be so stupid. It's a poster, there's nothing to "run". It just sits there. And you don't know tax money was used to buy it anyway.
    If all it is is a decoration, then it's no big deal to take it down. Case closed, right? Just like if they switched out the tile in the gym locker room.

    Unless you're being disingenuous and you know good and damned well its' an attempt to have the government proselytize your faith, which isn't something the government is allowed to do.
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    Re: Cut Ten Commandments down to 6?

    Quote Originally Posted by Moot View Post
    I never said a word about atheism let alone it being a religion.
    Yes you did. In my post 207 I asked you, and you answered my question with a question, which is only something one does when the answer is in the affirmative and the asked wants to avoid admitting it. Maybe next time you try answering questions directly.

    Quote Originally Posted by Moot View Post
    I was referring to organized religion, not individual religious folks per se. The money that the churches collect from the faithful should be taxed if the churches want to use our tax funded institutions to promote their beliefs.
    It hasn't been established that the poster in question was owned by any church. For all we know, it was perchesed privately from an online vendor who likely sells a wide variety of posters from all genre, and hung by someone who was never a member of clergy, maybe by someone who doesn't even work at the school. It could have been a random parent who got a verbal ok from a lower administrator or the teacher of the classroom it was nearest to. It could have been a night janitor who thought it was just something nice to display, no harm/recruitment/intimidation/harassment/proselytizing intended. You don't know, but you're making a host of assumptions and reading novels of sub-text which isn't actually there.

    In context to the discussions thus far on this thread, "religion" refers to the private beliefs of individuals in the community, thus "cultural vestiges". We were not referring to religion as the organised variety by default. If that's what you mean, then that's what you have to go out of your way to specify: "organised"; and link to how you know exactly, by name, which specific church/temple was being represented by this poster as not all churches are 501c3 and it's possible that the church already does pay taxes.

    Also, if religion is now being equated with philosophy, then if you're referring to *organised* religion, you are also therefore referring to organised atheism, so be prepared for that **** storm.
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    Re: Cut Ten Commandments down to 6?

    Quote Originally Posted by Grendel View Post
    If all it is is a decoration, then it's no big deal to take it down. Case closed, right? Just like if they switched out the tile in the gym locker room.
    As I said in post 83: At the outset of controversy, the school should have taken the poster down, students who wanted it up should have formed a Christian student group who could then display material, just like any student group, in the hallway. Now it's free religious expression by the student body, not endorsed religion by the school. The Commandments stay up, so the Christians are happy. If any local atheists want to make a counter display they could form a student group and acquire their equal space on the wall and post their views by putting absolutely nothing there, so the atheists would be happy. If there were any other religions, political affiliations, hobbiests or etc among the student body which wanted to display their material, they could likewise form student groups and display their material in an equal space.

    Quote Originally Posted by Grendel View Post
    Unless you're being disingenuous and you know good and damned well its' an attempt to have the government proselytize your faith, which isn't something the government is allowed to do.
    I have the government sending millions of federal dollars to private religious schools, and I have the military's Chaplin Corps. This is in addition to all the federal funding which goes into the faith-based foster care my parent's are licensed through. A $5 poster on some random highschool wall doesn't even appear on the radar.

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    Re: Cut Ten Commandments down to 6?

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    This is what I think we see from the left today in political terms
    Really? I see both sides doing absurd things time and time again and it seems well more an attempt at "OMG...LOOK OVER THERE! Seriously guys, that dude over there is so doing something you'd hate! Check it out, I'll stay here and make sure everythings ok!"
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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    Re: Cut Ten Commandments down to 6?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    Ah so atheism is a religion for you to then assume the premise in your post that an atheist poster is equal to a religious poster?

    A *real* atheist poster wouldn't address religion at all, thus a-theism. I'm sure that was not the only poster in that hall, and every poster which did not regard religion in anyway whatsoever was, by definition, atheist. Every textbook, for example, is atheist.

    All we want is equal representation. 1 religious poster among all the other texts on that school property which were by nature a-theist.
    I hope you realise just how nonsensical this statement is: "atheism is a religion for you to then assume the premise in your post that an atheist poster is equal to a religious poster?"

    "atheism is a religion for you" - makes an assumption about another who is known only thru this forum, while simultaneously using a definition for one specific stance about the universe that is only acceptable to those who hold other views.

    "an atheist poster is equal to a religious poster" - this contradicts the earlier claim that "atheism is a religion", for it plainly states that one object is equal to another object thereby saying they are not the same.

    "All we want is equal representation." Oh you poor, poor persecuted xians (and other faithists), the world is just so mean to you. How ever did you become the majority of the population with over 90% representation in elected offices when you don't have "equal representation"? Hellfire, man! You are right - you don't have "equal representation" - you have dominant and domineering representation.
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    Re: Cut Ten Commandments down to 6?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    As I said in post 83: At the outset of controversy, the school should have taken the poster down, students who wanted it up should have formed a Christian student group who could then display material, just like any student group, in the hallway. Now it's free religious expression by the student body, not endorsed religion by the school. The Commandments stay up, so the Christians are happy. If any local atheists want to make a counter display they could form a student group and acquire their equal space on the wall and post their views by putting absolutely nothing there, so the atheists would be happy. If there were any other religions, political affiliations, hobbiests or etc among the student body which wanted to display their material, they could likewise form student groups and display their material in an equal space.
    jerry, you argue well with some thoughtfulness displayed but you also display your ignorance about the origins of the problem being discussed here.

    The poster was taken down when a student asked that it be removed. THEN, a local church group blew this up into another example of "Christian persecution" with screaming matches at the school board meeting. The poster was reinstalled in the high school. A lawsuit was then filed despite pleas by the ACLU to "Please, just take it down. The district doesn't have any extra money to fight this and other schools that have tried the same thing have lost every time." ON a vote of 3 to 2, the decision was made to fight the lawsuit, the two voting against did so on economic grounds. Now we are at the stage which created the title: Cut Ten Commandments down to 6?



    I have the government sending millions of federal dollars to private religious schools, and I have the military's Chaplin Corps. This is in addition to all the federal funding which goes into the faith-based foster care my parent's are licensed through. A $5 poster on some random highschool wall doesn't even appear on the radar.
    And this is an on-going debate in the political spectrum of modern America? Why should institutions that don't pay taxes also be able to receive funding from those taxes collected, sometimes from citizens who don't agree with the faith of the recipient? How much of that federal funding to "faith-based" institutions would fall under the definition of "pork" and "earmarks" if they went to a secular group doing the same thing?
    “And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in shewing that religion & Govt will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.”
    ~ James Madison, letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822

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    Re: Cut Ten Commandments down to 6?

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    And do you have any idea what inspired those laws you now enjoy?
    Many things. While one of them may include the 10 Commandments, that doesn't mean the 10 Commandments are the only thing that inspired our laws.

    In fact it can easily be argued that the 10 Commandments weren't a very good inspiration for our laws since many of them do not show up in our laws, particularly as they are written. There is no law to hold any God above any other. There is no law that says you cannot worship idols. There are no laws against taking the lord's name in vain. There is no law that says a person must have a Sabbath day. There is no law that forces a person to respect their parents. There is no law that says a person cannot "covet" his neighbor's property, as long as they aren't actually trying to steal the person's property.

    We do have laws against murder. And we have laws against stealing.

    There is no law that says a person cannot lie at all. In fact, there are only a few specific laws against lying and those deal with lies that could actually do harm to someone. In fact, although there are a couple of places where adultery laws are on the books, it isn't likely that criminal laws concerning adultery can be enforced anywhere in the US besides the US military. The most adultery can do is change what you might get in a divorce in most places.

    This means that we have two laws that may have been inspired by the 10 Commandments, although I'm pretty certain a very many societies that were not Christian or did not believe in any of the scriptures of the Bible also had those laws. Frankly, they are just good rules for society anyway. We have 2, possibly 3, that have some form of law that could possibly be seen keeping with the spirit of that commandment, but isn't really a complete law against everything that could be covered by the commandment. We have 5 commandments that really are not and can't honestly be made into laws for our country without violating the 1st Amendment in some way.
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    Re: Cut Ten Commandments down to 6?

    Quote Originally Posted by Somerville View Post
    This is about a public high school in Virginia that has posted the Ten Commandments in a hallway of the school. There were protests and the poster with the Commandments was removed, more protests followed and the poster was re-installed. Now it is in court.



    Why do the hyper-religious Christians continue to wast taxpayer dollars in fighting the lawsuits which they inevitably lose in court? For example, here in Florida, this past week - Bradford County Ten Commandments monument dedicated
    If this 'Breaking News' I'm assuming there's Jewish guy with a staff and a burning bush.

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