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To: madprof98
YES. Religion is an ethos. Claiming affiliation with one--claiming to follow its teachings--and then breaking from them is just a shabby and deluded lie.

Churches should expose and disavow any such shabby deluded liars.

4 posted on 11/30/2003 3:22:09 PM PST by Petronski (Living life in a minor key.)
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To: Petronski
You are right. If you say you are a Catholic, Moslem, or Jew, but don't believe and follow your faith, that is intellectual and spiritual dishonesty.

If you don't like your faith, find one you think is more true, but stop saying, "I am a Catholic/Jew/Protestant", because you aren't. And it's a lie.

Those lies expose more of the candidate's personality than they think. When Clark says, "I am a religious man but I left my church over a bike path", well, truly religious people know pretty much exactly to make of that.
6 posted on 11/30/2003 3:29:17 PM PST by I still care
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To: Petronski; Dutchgirl
I can't think of a more efficient way to drum up opposition to religious politicians than to have their religious leaders go around trumpeting the notion that these politicians will be obliged to vote to impose their religion's specific teachings on non-believers.
11 posted on 11/30/2003 4:31:24 PM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Petronski
Ditto....

You either believe and belong or you don't. If you have faith in a religion you have faith. It's not meant to be ala'cart.
19 posted on 11/30/2003 5:04:57 PM PST by Dutch Boy
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