1: why tax religons and not tax other non-profit centers? most churches attempt to provide some positive benefit to their community. they're not taxed because there's no reason why a belief in a higher power (and the assosciated promise of final judgement) should be discouraged.
Thats too simple to answer, whats the catch.... Religious body's are not by defenition "charaties" in the true sense of the word, but then again, neither are many charaties. That is pretty much besides the point, a religion dictates that it must be spread by its worshippers (with few exceptions), churches and the like are built, the churches have staff, all of this needs to be paid for so they can "sell" God to people, it is the primary purpose, the secondary purpose is to make money so it can fund itself, its third purpose is "real" charity work, where needy people are actually helped, therefore although they often do charitable work, it is not their primary business. And many of them (Catholic, Muslim for example) cause huge amounts of pain, and harm totally ofsetting all of the "good" that they do.
2: religion has already been removed too much from the classroom in that there's literally no mention of it outside of the pledge. it's my belief that all students should be given a basic understanding of what the different (and most common) religions believe.
That is not what has already been suggested, but if that is the case then its mostly good, although religion does need to be discussed in relation to history, which is where it belongs.
3: there already exists a separation of church and state. there doesnt NEED to be any more laws on the books regarding it. conversely, existing monuments that have a religious symbolism shouldnt be taken down just because of said symbolism.
There is not enough seperation, there are lobbyists, and people in power pushing their own retarded beliefs upon others simply because they can, that needs to be changed because the seperation is not nearly large enough, maybe the word should be gigantic chasam.
I certainly dont want to see religious symbolism being torn down for the sake of it, specifically if it is of historical, architectural or other important significance.
the atheistic drive to end all mention of religion on the basis of curtailing its extremists has come to resemble a religion in itself. maybe we should be calling it the cult of atheism?
I certainly dont want to end the mention of religion, that would mean one less thing to ridicule and laugh at. But also as I have already mentioned it is important historically.
Where people start challenging the role of religious words in certian passages and in certain contexts, is usually because they have no righ to be there, and are blatantly NOT the seperation of Church and State, although this specific topic has been talked to death in another post or 2.
As far as Athiesm being considered a religion/cult, it plain silly, there is not a holy book of athiesm that dictates what people should/should not do, eat, or shag, there is no higher power that you must worship, there is no set or arbritary rules and regulations that you must obey, there is no command to kill everyone who does not believe what you believe and so on.....
I can understand why some people get confused, but that is quite brief when you actually compare athiesm with belief. Mostly that Athiests tend not to have been brought up in a strong religious environment, have an open mind, understand science (or at least can only believe in believable things), evidence is required, all of the laws of the universe cant be suddenly dropped for a while.
Yes Athiesm can be considered a belief system, the belief in anything that can be proved, or at least there is a good theory for.
it's not misbeliefs. it's merely another viewpoint.
It is a misbelief when you have "faith healers" that persuade very ill people to abandon their medication, Jehova's witnesses who die because they refuse blood, people being infected with AIDS because they have been told that condoms are worse than AIDS.
You only have to look at a few of the more modern pieces of bogus knowlege that people actually believe to be true, take for example something that everyone has seen on TV, someone shoots someone with a shotgun and blows them through a window, but the shooter does not move a lot (usual movie recoil). That is totally impossible, but huge amounts of people actually believe it is true, also you dont have to look far through Snopes to find something that is plain wrong that millions believe.
Thruth is important, simply because knowledge that is not true is bollocks, knowledge must be true, and yes I know that much of history is far from being true because it was written by the winner, re-written etc.
Here is an interesting test to ask a Christian "when was Jesus born, and where", "where did Jesus then go". Simply then ask them "which gospel they got that from", and "why other gospels disagree?". The answers are fascinating, and often have little to do with whats in the book, but mostly what they have been told by some guy in their church.
The "truth" of those Christians knowlege compared to their "holy book" often does not compare to what they believe, so you have to ask why do they believe something in the Bible, but not other things that disagree with the former. Essentially most of the bible is complete bollocks as we know, the fact that half of the gospels were removed to make its readings a bit more sane is obviously a testament (haha) to the fact that religion is man made, and is still being updated, and controlled by man for the benefit to some men, and for the detrement of many more.
Another interesting point following on from there, if there is only one god (much of the worlds believers believe that) why are there so many gods.? And why specifically have there been in excess of 40,000 Gods, because they were invented. Just like there are over 4,000 branches of Christianity, and even the flying spaghetti monster has now branched out into more than one (mock) religion. The answer is very simple they are all man made, evry single last one of them, and that is the truth.
I think that it is very sad when someone who seems totally normal, totally sane says that they belive tha Jesus was born of a Virgin for example, it simply proves that some people will believe all kinds of sillyness and nonsense simply because they were told whilst a child "this is true", children will believe almost anything, like Santa and the Tooth-Fairy, the exception is that when they are little older they are then told that Santa and the Tooth-Fairy dont exist, but God really does exist, what a load of bullcrap millions of people feed to their childrens vulnerable minds.
while this nation was founded as a secular nation, the vast majority of its founders were christians (or deists..) people nowadays tend to forget the HUGE role of the church (referring to individual community churches) in early america.
You could say the same things abouts Pubs, millions of our future generations will only exist with the help of Pubs (and of course alcohol).
i tend to see this as a backlash against a screwed up trend in education currently. history books have ALREADY been rewritten with a heavily liberal slant. for example: going through school, in history class i never once got a proper breakdown of the civil war in terms of battles, major players, etc. every time a history class covered it, it always covered either: black contributions, or womens' contributions. this is in EVERY history class from 3rd grade through college. that's fucked up.
Yeah, thats pretty shitty, and retarded, very far from a step forward.
and it's always that way. no history class i was in EVER covered the role war played in the formation and expansion of this country. every time i was taught by heavily liberal teachers about how eleanor roosevelt was responsible for the formation of the UN.
Or that some terrible events are actually very important, such as Pearl Harbour.