Re: MD God and the Republicans, Democrats & Others

From: Arlo Bensinger (
Date: Fri Oct 29 2004 - 20:46:46 BST

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    Hi Marsha

    You wrote
    >I wanted to say the my statement about religion as an old fairy tale was
    >made without animosity in my voice, body language or facial
    >gestures. It's how I experience it. I didn't suggest that's how everyone
    >else should think.
    >I spoke my truth. I could, I suppose, list a bibliography of the books I
    >had read before I came to such a choice. But why should I? Why should I
    >defend myself? Or, is it that "In the beginning was the word..." And my
    >word is no god.

    I don't think what you said indicated any malice. Certainly nothing you
    should apologize for or feel the need to defend.

    My only point was that I fully agree that religions are fairy tales,
    however past the social, cultural and biological aspects, they all are
    similar in the Intellectual patterns they point towards. But, many
    non-religious, secular philosophies also point towards these Intellectual
    patterns. If people would use religion to find these Intellectual patterns,
    and then abandon the need to proselytize the "truth" of their religion's
    particular social, cultural and biological aspects, we'd find little
    conflict in the discourse. In short, what we'd be talking about is the
    relative strengths and merits of Intellectual patterns, such as "do no
    harm" or "do not kill", and not "who said them" or which ritual "is right".
    It would also force the zealots and hypocrites who profess a "religion"
    because they follow a social-cultural pattern while completely ignoring the
    Intellectual patterns it was supposed to leads towards to deal with their
    hypocracies. Sadly, I believe the de-enlightenment mentality in this
    country is making the Intellectual patterns not only irrelevant, but
    deliberately avoided.


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