On behalf of this Mormon, whom many try to inflame, I sincerely congratulate those who made the top list. I don't know who they are, for I have not seen it. Nonetheless, I am happy for their success. I look forward to civil exchanges with them on a neutral zone of tolerance and understanding.
I don't think you understand, there is no competition that I know of, it simply means someone has posted to a forum most often and it changes regularly as a subject interests one hubber more than another. There is no benefits for doing so, in fact one does cop a bit of flack for being listed, as you will observe.
This is a very dishonest way of attacking people, sweetie pie.
It pretty much sums up your religion though. Most forms of Christianity promote this way of creating conflict and it becomes pervasive throughout people's lives. I would like to bet that you get "attacked without provocation," quite regularly if this is your behavioral norm.
Only you know if that is true or not and I do not need a response.
Not really, and the demeaning comment is quite clear as glass in nature. When I even hint of persecution as it pertains to HubPages forums, I mean that with every comment I make of a faith foundation it is a sure thing that the same individuals will be right behind me biting at my heels.
That is why I thanked for proving my point - because here we are. It's always good to hear from you.
narcissism may be the base of all religion at one level at least. I don't do religion, my beliefs change with evidence, I am not afraid to learn, as I am not fixed in any religious belief. Not believing in fairies is not a religion!
Yet, you once did as did I, which emulates belief, even to the infinite opposition. Point A and point B are infinite in either direction, yes? Again, I am with you on the regard of all such systems but not to the premise of denying a Creator exists.
I recently said this to a friend who follows atheism, how it has now become a form of slavery, forcible belief, via education in the West. Every person has to go to school and be 'educated' in what they are taught. No choice in the matter up to the collegiate level where they can specify a limited choice. Else, the consequence of a type of social banishment/exile or worse, effecting every point in their lives from work to relationships. In short, everyone is being indoctrinated into atheism without choice, as did religions many years.
I think that everyone has been indoctrinated into where ever they are in life. Unfortunately our religious leaders have gone under the same.... gotta answer the questions corectly or you don't get your diploma to be a religious leader. This in a nutshell is where "Religio" has gotten a bit "Off track" The subject matter is true eventhough it has been described incorectly.
Yeah but look at the topics in the forum. Many of them ask for theist/atheist/agnostic/etc. responses or question the existence of a God. Not to mention it is the religion/BELIEFS forum, like earnest pointed out.
I am a science major, but I wouldn't say I was "forced" to be an atheist. Because I'm not one. I am a well educated student in the West, but do not share the thoughts that you have. Some of your thoughts are a little jumbled but I think I get what you're trying to say.
Our government is opened with the lord's prayer, our prime minister is a religionist, the opposition leader (who some unkind souls in the press nicknamed "The mad monk") is a fundamentalist, so not too much pressure here to be an atheist or any other "ist" in Australia. We have a live and let live attitude mostly.
We have a large Muslim community in my city, not as many as London, we have people from most nations and religions here. Each seem to have their own schools, Mosques etc and although not perfect it seems to work pretty well.
I was interested ( i think amused, actually, in a sort of strange way), when I lived in London in the nineties, to see that on a Sunday morning at 12 o clock people poured out of the churches... all of them "Afro-Caribbean" British people. It makes me laugh, because I suspect that the same nonces who go around talking about England for white people would do well to go to some Church of England services in Britain's cities... virtually everyone in there is an immigrant, child of an immigrant, or grandchild of an immigrant.
Many of our immigrants are devout, but they soon learn to be tolerant of others too. For example say you are a Muslim family in a shopping centre here, every second person smiles at your kids, people of all religions and races soon get the hang of how to behave by the examples within our still very Australian culture. It is still a pretty reasonable culture here in my opinion, some of the better old values like tolerance have remained since settlement.
On the other hand, our dealings with our aboriginal people has been disastrous because of ignorance and greed mostly, it is something I am not proud of about my country!
I've lived in both London and Montreal, and both are models, in general, of religious tolerance, despite both having huge numbers of Muslims (in both cities), Jews (in Montreal), Hindus, and so on. Everyone seems to get on fine.
A few years ago, the media blew up a story about Palestinian activists in Montreal rioting when Netanyahu came to speak.
A year later the CBC did a documentary. The riot had consisted of one student who had broken a (large, admittedly) plate glass window at Concordia University. I have been in that university many times and often seen the Palestinian and Jewish students (all of them Canadian, none of them Middle-Eastern as such, of course), go at it... In other words, have heated, but civil arguments, and then go off peacably.
The documentary revealed that the Palestinian student (actually from Ontario), had a JEWISH girlfriend. My favourite part was showing him over to dinner at his girlfriend's parents place!!!
yes well the CBC has to make mountains out of molehills to get viewers,lol. The rest of the programming is unwatched. And anyway, one publicly pissed off guy in Canada is a riot. :-)
Most Canadian cities are very tolerant, I have found. We have to be with such a mix of cultures. I think if American religious made their way to Canada with their intolerance they would be jailed for hate crimes. Maybe in many other countries as well.
It’s ironic. We’re extremely intolerant of intolerance. And the religious are ridiculed in our schools because religion is generally kept out of our schools.
I live in the south. As in the southern states of the U.S. I can tell you for certain that here it remains the christians who apply the peer pressure. Socially speaking, or in school or work or business, one does not admit to not believing if one wishes to be accepted. After much thought about it, I have somewhat regretfully advised my children to avoid the subject.
In some parts of the U.S., people are much more open-minded. The northwest, parts of New England. But the south is all for god, the christian god, of course. The protestant christian god, who mostly resembles the god of the OT as opposed to Jesus.
By the way, less someone point out that I have indoctrinated my children, I have not. I have had very honest conversations with them, and they know that I do not wish them to simply adopt my own viewpoints.
While I respect that for many people it was a simple instinctive decision, for me and from my point of view, whatever one's convictions are, they're pretty weak until one takes the time and invests the energy into investigating them for one's self.
I know this, but those are outward influences. My family was the prime example of point A/B. One British Naval atheist, one Artistic Persian. Perhaps i was fortunate to see both sides day to day for 30 odd years.
Even still, my friends and their families never really pushed the 'ist' on them either. As my dad put it, we were the post Love-in/Aquarius generation, when technology was just coming out of the closet.
when we came to the states, the culture was much more liberal, accepting and -i joke a lot- reminded me of the stories of Babylon, anything and everything goes, so long as you can pay for it...
But, funny you should bring it up, because in my family (on my Dad's side), my father is a Bahai convert, my cousin (completely coincidentally... and he lives a thousand miles from us) is a Bahai practitioner, my uncle follows Krishna (not that cousin's father), I did a BA in religious studies, and so did my sister, though she is much, much younger than me, and didn't know that that had been my major. Now, I am not saying definitively that this odd interest in religion (all people mentioned above were brought up in more-or-less modern rationalist households) is a genetic family trait, but then again.... it's certainly conceivable...
...In fact there is evidence that personality characteristics are genetically passed on sometimes, as large studies of twins separated at birth show
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