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This is Nice to See for a Change
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This is Nice to See for a Change
Always nice to see religious leaders actually coming down on the right side of human rights and non-discrimination, even if it's taken much longer than everyone else.

Quote:Faith leaders from across Texas gathered Tuesday at the state Capitol, urging legislators to lift the state's ban on gay marriage and pass laws forbidding discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

https://www.texastribune.org/2015/02/17/...-equality/

Just wish their reasoning was simply "We're all human beings and deserve to be treated equally" instead of "Because jesus said to be nice".
In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson
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#2
RE: This is Nice to See for a Change
(February 18, 2015 at 2:33 pm)FatAndFaithless Wrote: Just wish their reasoning was simply "We're all human beings and deserve to be treated equally" instead of "Because jesus said to be nice".

Considering there are plenty of seething Christians out there ready to deny people their rights, it seems that their reasoning truly is the former and they just think it's the latter. People see what they want to see in the bible and are drawn to the passages that reflect how they already feel, so just because they say Jesus is the reason, it doesn't necessarily mean they haven't made a moral judgement on their own terms.

This is nice to see.
Even if the open windows of science at first make us shiver after the cozy indoor warmth of traditional humanizing myths, in the end the fresh air brings vigor, and the great spaces have a splendor of their own - Bertrand Russell
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RE: This is Nice to See for a Change
All secularists are not atheists. Not all religious people want to live in a theocracy.
Poe's Law: "Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody of Fundamentalism that SOMEONE won't mistake for the real thing."

10 Christ-like figures that predate Jesus. Link shortened to Chris ate Jesus for some reason...
http://listverse.com/2009/04/13/10-chris...ate-jesus/

Good video to watch, if you want to know how common the Jesus story really is.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88GTUXvp-50

A list of biblical contradictions from the infallible word of Yahweh.
http://infidels.org/library/modern/jim_m...tions.html

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RE: This is Nice to See for a Change
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RE: This is Nice to See for a Change
(February 18, 2015 at 2:33 pm)FatAndFaithless Wrote: Always nice to see religious leaders actually coming down on the right side of human rights and non-discrimination, even if it's taken much longer than everyone else.

Quote:Faith leaders from across Texas gathered Tuesday at the state Capitol, urging legislators to lift the state's ban on gay marriage and pass laws forbidding discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

https://www.texastribune.org/2015/02/17/...-equality/

Just wish their reasoning was simply "We're all human beings and deserve to be treated equally" instead of "Because jesus said to be nice".

^ That argument about Jesus won't go very far with people I know; you can forgive in private but that doesn't justify making public policy based on it. The only argument I've seen work with conservatives is respect for Constitutional principles on equal religious freedom, and to remember that the opposing views constitute beliefs, too. Because any "proof their beliefs are wrong" is faith based (and can be defended in private but not imposed in public).^

Now, If they made "respecting political beliefs equally" a gate way to recognizing state rights, currently trumped by federal mandates on health care, the response to that approach might solve the deadlock over ACA.

If you are going to recognize prolife, recognize prochoice.
If you are going to recognize states' rights, recognize right to health care.

The idea is to treat ALL political beliefs like religious beliefs and keep them separated from each other and from govt (unless they can agree).

I tried writing this up as a Democrat resolution, but the list of political beliefs would take a Constitutional convention to address them all.

I may have to organize a way to call one. Very interesting living in Texas, with both good sides and bad sides to this DIY approach to government.
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RE: This is Nice to See for a Change
I have no problem with secularist Christians, I may not agree with their beliefs but they're not a concern for me. It's good to see some positive action.
Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you

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RE: This is Nice to See for a Change
(February 18, 2015 at 2:33 pm)FatAndFaithless Wrote: Just wish their reasoning was simply "We're all human beings and deserve to be treated equally" instead of "Because jesus said to be nice".

Definitely not True Christians.
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RE: This is Nice to See for a Change
JesusHChrist I think denying those Christians are true Christians is as fallacious as denying religious terrorists are true religious theists. They are Christians.
Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you

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RE: This is Nice to See for a Change
(February 18, 2015 at 2:57 pm)Faith No More Wrote:
(February 18, 2015 at 2:33 pm)FatAndFaithless Wrote: Just wish their reasoning was simply "We're all human beings and deserve to be treated equally" instead of "Because jesus said to be nice".

Considering there are plenty of seething Christians out there ready to deny people their rights, it seems that their reasoning truly is the former and they just think it's the latter. People see what they want to see in the bible and are drawn to the passages that reflect how they already feel, so just because they say Jesus is the reason, it doesn't necessarily mean they haven't made a moral judgement on their own terms.

This is nice to see.

None of the posts above address the mentality of Christians that I find opposed to gay marriage and business policies on service.
1. one issue is they feel it's not recognized that some people have been healed of abuse that explains previous homosexual behavior.
many think that ALL cases of homosexuality are unnatural and are more upset and shocked this isn't being looked into seriously
(in reality, I find that such cases aren't so common, and it is overrated how many can actually change; but yes it is clear some cases are unnatural from abuse, but NOT ALL)

If the gay activists would publicly recognize some people do change and not all are natural, that would get rid of this FEAR of blanket denial that both sides are scared of.
I find most of the hype is politicized against liberals and not directly against the homosexual community which most people, even if opposed to gay marriage, do feel compassion for.
But they just don't want what they perceive to be "special rights" demonizing the opposition, and thus fueling the equal opposition to "liberal agenda."

2. the other issue is that church marriage as a religious/spiritual ceremony is separate from civil contracts and unions through the state.
This language needs to be separated, or Christians mix the two in their heads as one, because their faith requires them to obey secular authority.
They cannot always separate church from state, and marriage is going to have to, in order to open up to these other choices they don't all agree to.

If the state laws can be written neutrally where it neither endorses nor bans gay marriage, then this wouldn't be an issue of crossing the line and putting things in state laws they are religiously opposed to by their beliefs.

Otherwise, keep marriage totally private, give churches and individuals full freedom to exercise their beliefs outside the state.
And either keep just the civil unions and custody/estate/domestic contracts under the state, or divide it by party if they want to manage their separate political beliefs that way.

What Christians cannot take is forcing beliefs that violate theirs into the state through laws.
So they have to be written carefully, and passed by consensus to make sure all people are represented and nobody's rights or beliefs are excluded on either side.

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Note: this church-state issue in Christianity is one of the hardest things I've ever had to wrap my mind around, equalled only by how secular political beliefs can operate as creeds or religions that people cannot change. both sides think the other side should change, but these are like religious beliefs. So the govt cannot be abused to force ANY person or group to change their beliefs. Even if masked as secular in format.
It seems unconstitutional on its face for someone to "not believe in separation of church and state" but given this is a belief, it is technically supposed to be accommodated and not discriminated against by law.
Thus the only way I have found to accommodate beliefs like "right to govt health care" that cannot be separated from govt, is to either form a consensus where all sides agree anyway, or to agree how to separate such as by state or by party where this isn't mandated one way or the other by federal govt. This is why I feel we are headed for a Constitutional convention, because all these issues are bringing out political beliefs.
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RE: This is Nice to See for a Change
(February 19, 2015 at 8:14 pm)Dystopia Wrote: JesusHChrist I think denying those Christians are true Christians is as fallacious as denying religious terrorists are true religious theists. They are Christians.

Someone's joke detector is on the fritz....
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