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  •  I diaried this story... (none)
    earlier today, so I'll just repeat what I said at the end of that piece:

    Let me be clear that this [diary] is not a blanket polemic against all religion or all of Christianity. There are many religious people in this country and the world who are appalled by the extremism being practiced here, and who recognize the danger to the country, the world and to themselves if this virulent cancer that calls itself Christianity manages to prevail.

    There have always been religious extremists who think they have a God-given duty to make sure everyone else obeys their tribal taboos. Much of the misery in the history of the world can be traced back to that desire. The Founding Fathers recognized this and built in protections to prevent that from happening here. That's all that's saved us so far, but the protections are weakening.

    These folks want to rule the most powerful nation in the history of the world, the one with the weapons to bring about Armageddon.

    They're playing for keeps, and they're way ahead of us. We have a lot of catching up to do. There's a quote from Jefferson that one of us uses as a tag line: "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility to every form of tyranny over the mind of man." Jefferson was referring to religious tyranny; his enemies were the rabid preachers of his day. It's time to revive that oath.

    It is not the responsibility of the state to help its citizens get into heaven nor to save them from hell.

    by Dan K on Tue Aug 23, 2005 at 01:47:22 PM PDT

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