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  •  Religious equality in the eyes of the law (4+ / 0-)

    Doesn't mean that all religions are equally valid, just that bad religion has the same rights as good religion, for some definition of "bad" and "good".

    What's the point of belonging a religion if you don't think it is better than the rest?

    •  An excellent question. Thank you! (1+ / 0-)
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      enhydra lutris

      This goes to an important point of the diary and indeed, much of what I have been writing about for decades.

      The short of it is that there is no easy answer.

      Most of us hold to beliefs and non-belief beliefs that that we think are best. It is entirely healthy. The difficulty we have is how we create and sustain a society that allows for people to believe as they will, even when so many people disagree so profoundly.  This requires, as I said above, some knowledge, some dedication, and some skills.  

      Where some of our most serious problems of sustaining separation of church and state and the rights of minority views come into play is when there are groups and individuals who disagree with the idea of religious pluralism, actively oppose it and organize against it.
       

    •  Actually, that was one of the questions that (3+ / 0-)
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      duhban, marykk, Fishtroller01

      ended up with my backing away from religion. Especially when I started looking at the people who said "I am a better person than you because I belong to a 'better' religion."

      From the inside, validity is tautological.

      At least half the future I've been expecting hasn't gotten here yet. Sigh.... (Yes, there's gender bias in my name; no, I wasn't thinking about it when I signed up. My apologies.)

      by serendipityisabitch on Fri Dec 20, 2013 at 10:31:10 PM PST

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