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Thread: Freedom of Religion vs the Mandate to Evolve [W 65]

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    re: Freedom of Religion vs the Mandate to Evolve [W 65]

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    Why can't we have freedom of religion and gay marriage? Why would we have to choose?
    You already have chosen; so has the SC, and many other Americans. Now I've shifted my focus to Ikari's mandate to "evolve, or die". Should religions have the freedom to deny SSM within their own congregations, or should they allow it? The consequences are already in place, right? Or is Ikari just blowing out noxious fumes?
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    re: Freedom of Religion vs the Mandate to Evolve [W 65]

    Quote Originally Posted by Dooble View Post
    You already have chosen, and so has the SC. Now I've shifted my focus to Ikari's mandate to "evolve, or die". Should religions have the freedom to deny SSM within their own congregations, or should they allow it?
    They have the right to not perform SSM but they will find their congregations dwindling with time and eventually they will adapt or they will wither away to nothingness. No one is forcing anything on them
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    re: Freedom of Religion vs the Mandate to Evolve [W 65]

    Quote Originally Posted by Quag View Post
    No one is forcing anything on them
    Except the looming threat that if they don't "evolve", they will die. No big deal, right Quag?

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    re: Freedom of Religion vs the Mandate to Evolve [W 65]

    Quote Originally Posted by Dooble View Post
    Except the looming threat that if they don't "evolve", they will die. No big deal, right Quag?
    Such is life, belief systems change all the time You may never change yours (though experience says that peoples beliefs evolve all the time) but after your death what you believe will not necessarily be carried on by your offspring and neither will their offspring. it is not an attack it, is not an assault it is just reality of life. things change
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    re: Freedom of Religion vs the Mandate to Evolve [W 65]

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    It's just the way it is. Things evolve. You either evolve, or your left behind. Society changes. We wear mixed fabrics now, we don't stone women for small offenses, we ended slavery. And at each turn there were people fighting the change, they were just bred out over time as the system evolved. And here we have the same thing. We are growing and we are becoming more accepting of homosexuality as we learn that human is human. There are people fighting it now, but they'll be left behind and in a few decades at most people will look back on us now and wonder why there were ever people who rallied against homosexuals.

    Just the way of the world. It has nothing to do with religious freedom, the religions are free to express whatever they want. But religion will change as man changes, religion is a reflection of ourselves. And like churches in the days of ol' called for the death of heathens and even lit the fire themselves in some instances, religion will leave behind the barbaric and irrational practices as man and society change.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dooble View Post
    You already have chosen; so has the SC, and many other Americans. Now I've shifted my focus to Ikari's mandate to "evolve, or die". Should religions have the freedom to deny SSM within their own congregations, or should they allow it? The consequences are already in place, right? Or is Ikari just blowing out noxious fumes?
    Is the above post the one you're referring to? I don't see those words contained within his post. I think you misunderstand what his point which I believe is that the world is going to keep on changing and evolving with or without the religious folks. If they choose to continue to view some things the way they do, they will end up being irrelevant.

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    re: Freedom of Religion vs the Mandate to Evolve [W 65]

    I picked mandate to evolve.

    The reason my username is not listed with other voters is that I forgot to log
    in before I voted.

    All fundamentalist/ultra-orthodox factions of all religions are stupid assholes
    and that's all there is to it.

    Muslims, Hindus, Jews and Christians are all included. As of this writing the
    Muslims are the only ones who are clearly a physical danger, but just to be
    even-handed about it, consider that the most conservative Israeli Jews will
    not serve in the military! That's right folks, there are about 60,000 able-bodied
    fundamentalist Israeli men who think that if God provided for their survival
    without military service for ~1800 years, then He always will. I have not been
    able to find out how these assholes torture a pacifist reading out of the Old Testament;
    at least the NT contains some passages which clearly prescribe non-violence.

    I wish there more ways to make life difficult for the fundamentalist-ultra-orthodox.
    Unfortunately It sure as hell doesn't look like they are going to evolve out of existence,
    and the constitutional protections of Western law make it impossible most forms
    of discrimination against them. I guess we will just have to hope that their malevolent
    influence does not produce holocaustic results.

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    re: Freedom of Religion vs the Mandate to Evolve [W 65]

    This thread seems dependent on extreme hyperbole and misconstrued words. I'd be interested to read where the OP got this notion.
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    re: Freedom of Religion vs the Mandate to Evolve [W 65]

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    Is the above post the one you're referring to? I don't see those words contained within his post. I think you misunderstand what his point which I believe is that the world is going to keep on changing and evolving with or without the religious folks. If they choose to continue to view some things the way they do, they will end up being irrelevant.
    It was in a different thread:

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    What consequences? That bigots and irrational haters are a dying breed and will soon go the way of other racists and idiots? Perhaps, hopefully so.



    So was the rule change to permit mixed blends of fabric a form of coercion? Did the cotton industry get to you on that one? What about all the reasons we don't stone women anymore? Coercion? Who got you there? What other conspiracy theory against religion since the depths of mankind's existence do you subscribe to? Just gays? Oh that's a conspiracy, but not all the other reinterpretations, relaxing or forgetting of rules? Those don't count?

    Face it, we as a species evolve. We grow up, we learn and we grow and we experience and we bank it all in our collective knowledge. And as we grow we become more accepting of things and we will continue in this manner. And religion, which is a reflection of mankind, will change right along with us. Here's a stat for you. There has NEVER been an infinitely stable religion in the entire history of humanity. It all changes as humans change.

    Evolve or die, there is no try.
    That's the full of it, you can follow the link to see exactly what I was responding to. But in the end, this is his misunderstanding. I never once said that churches would be forced to perform SSM. In fact many times in the past and now I have explicitly stated that Churches cannot be forced to perform SSM, they must decide their own practices for themselves. My ultimate point, however, was that everything evolves and now we as a species and society are moving forwards towards the acceptance of the SS community and as we continue to go, more and more are going to learn to accept and live with it. Many churches will start to recognize and perform SSM as religion is a reflection of mankind and as we evolve, so do our religions.

    I think Dooble takes considerable offense to the word "evolve" and hasn't given consideration into what it means. The opinions of those like Dooble are dying out and will die in time. I'm not saying he can't hold them or espouse them; but it's a dying sentiment and in time it will be gone. Everything evolves, nothing is static. Static is stagnation, and stagnation is death. Just the way of nature.
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    re: Freedom of Religion vs the Mandate to Evolve [W 65]

    I think the right is pro for the mandate for all of us to evolve this year. I feel so blessed when they join in the train with the rest of us. Now with their blessing we can finally evolve to the challenging chaotic demands of our environment, for we were stuck waiting their votes for the mandate till now!
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    re: Freedom of Religion vs the Mandate to Evolve [W 65]

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    It was in a different thread:



    That's the full of it, you can follow the link to see exactly what I was responding to. But in the end, this is his misunderstanding. I never once said that churches would be forced to perform SSM. In fact many times in the past and now I have explicitly stated that Churches cannot be forced to perform SSM, they must decide their own practices for themselves. My ultimate point, however, was that everything evolves and now we as a species and society are moving forwards towards the acceptance of the SS community and as we continue to go, more and more are going to learn to accept and live with it. Many churches will start to recognize and perform SSM as religion is a reflection of mankind and as we evolve, so do our religions.

    I think Dooble takes considerable offense to the word "evolve" and hasn't given consideration into what it means. The opinions of those like Dooble are dying out and will die in time. I'm not saying he can't hold them or espouse them; but it's a dying sentiment and in time it will be gone. Everything evolves, nothing is static. Static is stagnation, and stagnation is death. Just the way of nature.
    Great post. I agree with most of your post except I don't know if some religions will ever accept SSM.

    Anyway, I'm familiar with a lot of your positions, that's why I questioned Dooble about his statement.

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