Why have we grown so intolerant of each other? Why do we imprison so many other human-beings in our country, the United States? Why does the word “immigrant” seem almost taboo, when that is how our country was started. Why do we not honor the Native Americans more? What is wrong with…US? Why is the U.S. so intolerant of any other religion besides Christianity? Why does the U.S. put religion ahead of science? Religious intolerance for the scientific community? Shouldn’t there be a clear separation between politics and religion? Shouldn’t religion be personal choice? I know…I know…lots of questions and not many, if any, answers.
Before chemistry, was alchemy…or magic. Before science was religion…or magic! I believe that religion has a huge influence on intolerance of others. Intolerance of different cultures, colors, voices, beliefs…Intollerant!
What makes Sunni Muslims wrong and the Mormon’s right? What makes Christianity right and Muslim wrong? I am asking honest questions. I would like responses in the reply section. I really want to know how so many people, that believe in their chosen religion, believe it is THE religion and everyone else’s religion is wrong. I need to understand this in my own personal journey. I am a supporter of Charles Darwin, Evolution and Science. I am not religious in any way, but was raised in a Lutheran Church in the midwest.
I am not saying I wouldn’t believe in God…the science just does not support the existence of the Gods written of in many religions here on little, old, 4.54 billion-year-old Earth. The evidence would have to be presented in a factual manner, peer-reviewed, studied and scientists unanimously agreed that God were real, and these top scientists had absolute proof… I would then believe in “God”. If science proved that a virgin could get pregnant without any male assistance, I would believe in immaculate conception, but this will never happen. I believe in the science of penicillin because I have studied what penicillin does to a Petri-dish full of bacteria. I visualized the evidence, very easily in my first microbiology class at Kansas Wesleyan University! It was a very simple, scientific lab test. It gave me more proof than anything I have seen in religion. I know… I have to “have faith”.
“When Columbus lived, people thought that the earth was flat. They believed the Atlantic Ocean to be filled with monsters large enough to devour their ships, and with fearful waterfalls over which their frail vessels would plunge to destruction. Columbus had to fight these foolish beliefs in order to get men to sail with him. He felt sure the earth was round.”
-Emma Miler Bolenius, American Schoolbook Author, 1919
Science, of course proved the Earth was round. That is the metaphorical point I am making…the scientists almost exclusively, do not belive in the bible’s account of history or the other religious texts of ancient. Science can prove many things through carbon dating as all carbon 14 decays at a constant rate with a half-life of somewhere around 5400 years.
Many, many Christians believe the Earth is somewhere between 4000 and 6000 years old, which directly clashes with what the scientific community theorize and have proven through Carbon14 dating. The Scientific community overwhelmingly supports Earth being somewhere around 4.5 billion years old.
This brings me back to intolerance, which I firmly believe is due mainly, to religion. All of this pain and suffering due to religion. I know the answer. “You have to have FAITH”. I have heard that answer so many times when I am just wanting honest answers. I don’t understand it. It may seem I am picking on Christianity, but remember, I put in many years in a Lutheran Church!
It is no wonder we are always at War with other countries and other countries are always at War with other countries…it seems insane just writing this!
I just have one question really…Why can’t everyone and anyone practice their religion with freedom from persecution and intolerance? This question also pertains to the general intolerance of atheists and agnostics too. Many atheists are afraid to voice their real beliefs. I think this is sad. It seems if persecution and intolerance were taken out of the equation, religion would have more living customers. The whole religious equation just does not add up!
I am by no means a theologian or a scholar. I do have a degree based in science. I am expressing my opinions. I encourage you to express your opinions in the reply section. I am interested in any other view points.
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Religion comes before commons sense and what the American people want in American. 17% of the American population are atheists. That is the biggest minority of them all. The atheists hide for fear of rejection and the stigma associated. It’s time to separate religion from politics, just as our founding father, Thomas Jefferson, had intended!
Differences in Philosophy
While there may be several differences in opinion between individual Democrats andRepublicans on certain issues, what follows is a generalization of their stand on several of these issues. A Democrat is typically known as a supporter of a broader range of social services in America than those advocated by Republicans. Republican philosophy is based on a limited influence of government and a dominant foreign policy.
Republicans are considered on the “right” end of the political spectrum while Democrats are on the “left.” The far right generally is pro-religion, anti-bureaucracy, pro-military, pro-business and pro-personal responsibility.
Republicans, are usually considered conservative (fiscally as well as socially), maybe a little pious, pro-business and against the bureaucracy often associated with big government. They see big governments as wasteful and an obstacle to getting things done. Their approach is Darwinian in that the strong shall survive, cream rises to the top, etc.
To the far left of the spectrum are the extreme liberal, or the most extreme democrats. Democrats are considered more liberal. Democrats tend to favor an active role for government in society and believe that such involvement – be it environmental regulations against polluting or anti-discrimination laws – can improve the quality of people’s lives and help achieve the larger goals of opportunity and equality. On the other hand, Republicans tend to favor a limited role for government in society and believe that such reliance on the private sector (businesses and individuals) – be it avoiding unnecessary environmental regulations or heavy-handed anti-discrimination laws – can improve economic productivity and help achieve the larger goals of freedom and self-reliance. ~information from: http://www.diffen.com/difference/Democrat_vs_Republican