Friday, January 13, 2006

What we're ranting about... vs. what we SHOULD be ranting about

All of you should read this article, it explains my point of view on the issues we've been ranting about very precisely. We go on about the words on coins, when there are much bigger issues we should rant/deal about, some of them even regarding religion! So, we can rant about religion and about something important having to do with it... rather than the pointless drivel I've been hearing in the posts and the comments, I'd like to have some intellectual discussions about real-world issues, rather than pointless flame wars that eventually result in some theological type telling us that we blaspheming, sinning atheists will be saved and discover Jesus some day.

So, somebody get posting! You think I'm going to start this?


At 1/15/2006 3:25 PM, Blogger Delta said...

I think it's important to be able to care about multiple issues at the same time. One of the problems about the phrase on coins is that it makes christians think that it makes the US a christian nation, and thereby should be subject to biblical law and teaching of mythology in school.

Really ranting about religion at all at this point in time is ignoring the deeper and more urgent issues, like those involving politics. We have a fascist leader and a party that backs him regardless, and lies continually to hide their corruption and looting of the American people. The media prevents any sort of real discussion from taking place, so a turn-around isn't likely to come from that. Also, even if the country came to their senses and voted Democrat, we'd still be fucked, because the Democrats are still pro-war and feed from the same corporate trough as the Republicans do. Sure it'd be better, but would still fall far short of what Americans deserve. The only dangerous part of religion in all of this is that it makes them easily to control by corrupt politicans. And it's easier to turn a religious person against the republicans than it is to turn them against their sky daddy.

At 1/16/2006 1:21 AM, Blogger Francois Tremblay said...

I already do that on my blog. ;)

Seriously, philosophical issues are not for everyone... I can undertand that many people wouldn't give a shit about the semantics of religious language or the ontology of presuppositionalism.

At 1/26/2006 7:23 PM, Anonymous Thomas Kearney said...

With Bill O'Reilly, John Gibson and Fox News flogging an imaginary war on Christmas last year, we know that we can count on them doing it again this year too.

I say we should preempt them by writing well written and thoughtful op-eds and submitting them to newspapers pointing out the pagan origins of Christmas and how the early Christians treated pagans and peopled considered to be pagans. In an nutshell, Christians are upset if a store says "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas", how about Christians burning people at the stake for witchcraft?


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