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‎I do understand what love is, and that is one of the reasons I can never again be a Christian. Love is not self denial. Love is not blood and suffering. Love is not murdering your son to appease your own vanity. Love is not hatred or wrath, consigning billions of people to eternal torture because they have offended your ego or disobeyed your rules. Love is not obedience, conformity, or submission. It is a counterfeit love that is contingent upon authority, punishment, or reward. True love is respect and admiration, compassion and kindness, freely given by a healthy, unafraid human being.

Dan Barker

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Breaking *fucking* News!! :: Gay marriage a threat to humanity's future: Pope

ih8religion:

Reuters:

(Reuters) - Pope Benedict said Monday that gay marriage was one of several threats to the traditional family that undermined “the future of humanity itself.”

The pope made some of his strongest comments against gay marriage in a new year address to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Vatican in which he touched on some economic and social issues facing the world today.

He told diplomats from nearly 180 countries that the education of children needed proper “settings” and that “pride of place goes to the family, based on the marriage of a man and a woman.”

“This is not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society. Consequently, policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself,” he said.

The Vatican and Catholic officials around the world have protested against moves to legalize gay marriage in Europe and other developed parts of the world.

One leading opponent of gay marriage in the United States is New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, whom the pope will elevate to cardinal next month.

Dolan fought against gay marriage before it became legal in New York state last June, and in September he sent a letter to President Barack Obama criticizing his administration’s decision not to support a federal ban on gay marriage.

In that letter Dolan, who holds the powerful post of president of the U.S. Bishops Conference, said such a policy could “precipitate a national conflict between church and state of enormous proportions.”

The Roman Catholic Church, which has some 1.3 billion members worldwide, teaches that while homosexual tendencies are not sinful, homosexual acts are, and that children should grow up in a traditional family with a mother and a father.

“The family unit is fundamental for the educational process and for the development both of individuals and states; hence there is a need for policies which promote the family and aid social cohesion and dialogue,” Benedict told the diplomats.

Gay marriage is legal in a number of European countries, including Spain and the Netherlands.

Some Churches that have allowed gay marriage, women priests, gay clergy and gay bishops have been losing members to Catholicism, and the Vatican has taken steps to facilitate their conversion.

In 2009, Benedict decreed that Anglicans who leave their Church, many because they feel it has become too liberal, can find a home in Catholicism in a parallel hierarchy that allows them to keep some of their traditions.

The Vatican has since set up “ordinariates,” structures similar to dioceses, in Britain and the United States to oversee ex-Anglicans who have converted and be a point of contact for those wishing to do so.

(Reporting By Philip Pullella; editing by Tim Pearce)

If anyone ever demands a recent proof that demonstrates the level of intolerance within the church… remember this story.

I’m disgusted… outraged!

-Tyler

Hey dude know what other “setting” is necessary for the education of children?

One where they don’t get raped, fuckass.

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I just saw a post titled “Why are atheists so angry?”

dionthesocialist:

And I didn’t watch the video in the post, but it made me think about it and I think I came up with a pretty good comparison. Being an atheist in America is like if there was a song you hated that was constantly playing. Not only did everyone around you love it, but they were convinced that if you just gave it a try, you’d like it. It was constantly shoved in your face no matter where you went; on the side of buses, on billboards, etc. Every time you go home to visit your family, they ask if you’ve heard it and what you think about it, and then they play it thirty times in a row. And what’s worse is that you know this song will be pretty fucking popular forever and ever and ever, at least as long as you’re alive.

It’s easy to get a little bitter.

People act like you’re horrible for not liking the song, as though your musical preference precludes you from being a good human being. And although the government has sworn not to pick a theme song, they sure do like blasting it over their boombox a lot.

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Here’s the thing about The Year of Living Biblically

I’m probably 3/4 of the way through. I like Jacobs’ treatment of religion, how he tries not to be too judgmental, how he tries to find reasons for why the Bible’s authors may have written what they did. But I find it interesting that he seems to be getting more and more religious as the book goes on. I suppose it makes sense, but I can’t see myself doing that. Granted, he admitted to being agnostic in the beginning of the book, and I’m a pretty staunch atheist… But would I have become a believer if I had done something like this? I don’t think so, but I don’t think Jacobs thought so, either. I suppose his secular upbringing perhaps didn’t prepare him for how he’d take religion when immersed into it, though, and I already know that Catholic school didn’t take with me. I don’t think anything could make me religious. Hm.

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