For someone not religious as you claim...you sure are doing your own clinging...which is to support dismantling separation of church and state.
I had to literally go, leave my home, drive 80 miles. I wasn't running away from an argument. I'll hang in for days if your up to it.
If you're eyeball high in Bovine feces - perhaps you should run alone. I'm surrounded by Texas Beef Master Ranches. No bother to me. In fact, you might shovel some up and bag it. It's worth some money.
If "harm" is defined only on personal terms we're back to square one, the term is meaningless. What we will have - and it will happen in the future - is that the extremists such as calamity and Moot will declare "harm" only as it defends their position. Christians who are not extremists and non-Christians who are not extremists will, as so often happens, be caught in the crossfire of intolerance, disrespect and bigotry.
The vast, vast, vast, vast majority of Christians and non-Christians have been and will be bushwhacked, pissed at and pissed on at the work of a few.
Last edited by Risky Thicket; 05-06-14 at 08:03 PM.
"When Faith preaches Hate, Blessed are the Doubters." - Amin Maalouf
All this talk about harm is interesting. Does anyone honestly think people who are openly hostile or hateful towards religion increasingly forcing religion out of the public eye because being confronted with it offends them is not going to cause harm to people of faith or to society? People who feel that way are relying on their own sort of superstition about human nature and the morality of reason.
"For what is Evil but Good-tortured by its own hunger and thirst?"
- Khalil Gibran
I really don't see an issue with it so long as all faiths in the community are being represented and the prayer isn't specifically addressing a single faith. Other than that, I don't give a rat's bum what individual people pray to. Just don't try to preach to me and we'll be good.
Liberals argue that states are allowed to restrict peoples right to bear arms, through licensing laws or outright bans, because the state is not limited by the federal constitution that just the federal government is. Using that same logic there is no reason why state, county's, etc cannot be free to promote religion, doing so does not violate insuring that the federal government does not promote the religion.
Islam is an antiquated religion and needs to either modernize with the times or be completely eradicated.
There are two types of Muslims, terrorists, and their enablers. They need to fix that if they want to be part of civilized society.
"If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life - and only then will I be free to become myself." ~ Martin Heidegger