What a person believes isn't really an issue or any other person's business, it's more what a person does with their belief. Their faith becomes relevant when it's imposed upon others. The rights of an individual to practice their faith, ends where the rights of another to not be encroached upon begin.
Our mission: non-violently oppose religious doctrines promoting hate, prejudice, and non free-thinking. We're not singling out any particular faith, where the faith causes harm, people of sense and reason, can no longer stand by and be perceived to respect their dogma through this perceived unspoken agreement not to criticize faith, for fear of causing offense. There is nothing we could say to come close to the offense the doctrines of faith create to those of us with any sense of decency, fairness and love of all humanity.
Ironically unlike the many conditions the faiths place upon their acceptance of certain people and groups our respect for humanity is unconditional beyond neither hurting another nor depriving another. If it harms none, then do as you will.
Islam and Judaism are seen as minority groups in the West, and as racist organizations target therm whilst hiding beneath the banner of anti-religion - we obviously have, and want, no association with any hate group and do all that we can to prevent them from using our page as a vehicle for their hate.
TIM BOOTH ON RELIGIONThanks to Susan for bringing this to our attention. Susan is also a big Tim Booth fan. Among many things, he's the front man of the fantastic group "James".
The dominant religions of Islam, Christianity and Judaism believe that man must transcend his sexual nature; that our sinful bodies need controlling, preferably by the church. I believe these ancient patriarchal beliefs still have far too strong and subtle control over our society.
The enforced suppression of our sexuality is poisonous, unnatural and damages our mental and physical well-being. How many well intentioned priests attempting to stem their natural desires by being unnaturally celibate became pedophiles?
Adultery and homosexuality are still punished by stoning in parts of the world. Circumcision is routinely performed on newborns without thought for psychological consequences.
In the time of AIDS, it's a sin to use a condom. In most countries we can't obtain assisted suicide, even when in unbearable pain; whilst the murder of young girls is called honor killings.
Women are labelled whores for the merest expression of their sexuality. It is estimated that one-hundred-and-twenty-million girls have had their clitorises removed. If boys were being castrated like this, wouldn't we have stopped it by now?
Darwin caused a storm by saying we're descended from apes. This doesn't go far enough, We are apes; apes in denial with some pretentious aspirations.
We have some basic, beautiful, natural needs that we're often fearful to express. Finger pointing shame is toxic.
It's time for we individuals to choose what we do with our own bodies - the bodies that we've been given in this lifetime. And to heal the wounds that have been created by thousands of years of violence, exile and shame.
Liberians Praying Away Ebola.31st October 2014
Today sees an end to Christians in Liberia fasting and praying since Wednesday for deliverance from Ebola. Christians make up eighty-five percent of Liberia's four-million population.
The fast and prayer marathon organizers, despite claiming Ebola will be transformed by today [Friday], aren't as confident as they sound. Prayers and communion will mark an end to the fast and prayer extravaganza, but due to Ebola being highly infectious, communion will not be delivered; Christians are expected instead to provide their own bread and wine.
You don't need to be a doctor or medical professional to know Liberians fasting and compromising their body's immune system is the height of irresponsibility.
The fast was spurred on by Reverend G. Bonito, a representative of the National Christian Ebola Task Force. They believe Ebola is a punishment from God via Satan. He told a news conference, "We have traded the worship of God with the worship of demons and witchcraft, and evil stuff is now happening in this country.”
Liberia’s deputy chief medical officer, Tolbert Nyenswah, the Liberian health ministry is combatting the lack of education and people's reliance on religious beliefs by publishing images of Ebola patients on TV and newspapers. “They are very graphic but it is working; people are starting to see that Ebola is not just a spiritual thing that you can cure through going to church,” Nyenswah said.
Source Reuters News
Atheists Are Unwelcome In Most American Families.According to a Pew Research Center report, Political Polarization in the American Public, nearly two thirds of Americans would be unhappy with an atheist joining their family.
Those identifying as conservative, white, non-Hispanic, evangelical Protestant, Republican and Roman Catholic, were more likely to be unhappy with an atheist in-law.
When asked: "How would you react if an immediate family member were to marry an atheist?"
41% of democrats would be unhappy, compared with 73% of republicans.
Fortunately, it's not all bad news. The report shows the majority of Americans to be increasingly tolerant and accepting towards many different groups.
Source: Political Polarization in The American Public.
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