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  •  My Feelings as a Humanist and an Atheist (1+ / 0-)
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    I must say that I have been extremely impressed by the new pope and his outlook on religion. I would imagine that if we sat and had a conversation we would find that we agree about many things and disagree about others.

    I am not against people of religion taking part in and influencing politics.  My problem is that religion is one's personal beliefs and nobody's religion should be the law of our land.

    I am VERY sick and tired of people who insist that ethical and moral positions are the creation and property of people who believe in a god. I find that the Golden Rule is a pretty damned good one. It's  just common sense that people should treat each other the way they would like to be treated and has little to do with any particular religion.  

    Ethics are not the private property of the religious (it could even be argued that many who claim to be religious who lack them -0 the "Bling Cardinal" for example).

    Bonobos (chimpanzee-like primates for any who haven't heard of them) show empathy for their fellow bonobos -  Elephants show friendship and mourn their dead - the animal kingdom has many examples of moral and ethical behavior - so the idea that morals are the bailiwick of the religious goes right out the window when you realize that other species can love and empathize.

    Pope Francis has given every indication of understanding that good, caring people are just that and not necessarily the product of religion.  He has also shown that he is not a man who wants to call people who are gay or atheist names and belittle their contributions to the good of society.  He has criticized those who believe that their dogma is more important than their ability to care about others.

    It is not my business whether you believe in a god or not as long as you don't make it my business by trying to shove your beliefs down my throat or shape our laws on your religion.  Pope Francis doesn't seem to be interested in either of those things.

    I think "I'm going to like having a man like Pope Francis as head of the Catholic Church.

    "The Trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat." attributed to Lily Tomlin

    by uniqity on Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 09:33:09 AM PDT

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