What are the key issues which divide Christians, Atheists, and Agnostics in America?
Obama is the key issue which divides them. Left to themselves, they generally manage to abide by the philosophy of live and let live. His MO is to play off groups against each other, stir up trouble, and thereby increase his own power. The code name for this approach is "community organizing."
Nope, so not an Obama issue sorry. Our biggest issues tend to be that some on all sides do not want to leave the others alone. There are hateful Christians who cry about hateful atheists. There are hateful atheists who cry about hateful Christians. There are some people who just love to feel they are victims. There are also some groups who can't grasp the concept that their version of "morality" is fine for them, but may not apply to everyone. They want it all or nothing - my way or the highway.
At the risk of opening a huge can of worms the whole gay marriage thing. If you're against it marry a partner of the opposite gender - why the need to try to force your version of morality onto everyone else when not everyone subscribes to your religion? If what another person is doing doesn't affect you directly - leave them alone.
I don't agree with militant atheists either who put up billboards mocking religious people around holidays etc. Grow up.
This is where many part ways. Some atheists go too far and want to ban all religious references etc. Some religious go to far and want to legislate their version of morality for everyone else and demonize those who don't believe in their God.
If we could all just leave each other in peace, the world would be a much better place.
There is only one key issue as far as I know. That is the Separation of Church and State.
Secular laws and rules are for EVERYONE regardless of religion, faith, or beliefs. They are there to protect life and property and to provide for the infrastructure of the society. Secular laws should apply regardless of one's faith, beliefs or non-beliefs. They should apply equally ACROSS all 'religions'
Religious laws are for special, exclusive groups of 'religious' people and they are structured from ancient beliefs and customs that may or may not apply to today's society. Religious laws are designed to control people's thoughts and to regulate their religious actions.
Whether it is regarding prayer, birth control, or holiday displays, Secular laws should prevail and not favor one group of people over all other groups of people.
Divisiveness comes about when any one group insists that its particular dogma be obeyed to the exclusion of other groups that believe differently.
What divides these groups? Is there a God who reaches out to us? What, for Heaven's sake, does Obama or any other president have to do with that question? This debate is as old as the earth. It's not breaking news.
Just one. The Mind.
It is the nature of the mind to analyse; to chop things up; to separate. Ego lives in the mind and gets malicious pleasure in being superior; condescending and so forth. The mind thinks in terms of 'me' and 'mine.'
The Spiritual Heart is infinitely different. It is like a child: spontaneous, pure, innocent, magnanimous and by nature likes to identify, to become one with. It thinks in terms of 'we' and 'ours.', and is filled with compassion, empathy and concern.
In the Spiritual Heart, Christians, atheists and agnostics do not exists, but the one indwelling Light in all. It has always been infinitely more important to me to love first, to serve first, then ask about religion later, if at all.
Why should I care if I'm a believer (whatever that word means), a non-believer or an atheist? I would rather feel Love in my Heart. Vanity of Vanity, all is Vanity, except to love God and serve Him in and through His Creation: mankind. How can I love what I cannot see, except in and through what I can see? You! much peace..
Is there a god or not? The answer to that question is the main divide between the 3. Any other issue that arises from that is based on the individuals views as a Christian / atheist / agnostic in combination with other point of view
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