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To: LauraleeBraswell

I disagree... I am not a muslim, nor am I a protestant, catholic or anything else. In fact, I am not relgious because I believe that all religions cause hatred and are in many aspects based on evil against others that stand on the outside. Just consider what caused the 30 year war in Europe. It was a fight between Catholics and Protestants. Who was the evil then? Thus, Islam is not more or less evil than other religions. We have to consider, however, that all relgions created one good thing; that is the moral standards by which we live today. If we want to convert all muslims to Christianity or some other relgion, it does not make us any better from those that want to impose their believes on us. We live in a country that promotes freedom of religion... Freedom being a part of our democratic rights... If we want to promote democracy and liberty, we should not do it by forcing other people to believe in something they do not. That, by far, breaches their inalienable rights.


32 posted on 05/14/2005 2:58:32 PM PDT by eurostudent
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To: eurostudent
Well neither am I. I don't adhere to any organized religion either.

But when you look at Europe- well let's take England for example. You had a state church, or the Church of England. They were inseparable. Governing officials were church officials. The fight between Protestants and Catholics was actually a political struggle. England separated from the Catholic church because at that time the Pope was almost like the King of Europe.

That's why we have the establishment clause that prevents Congress from making a Church of the United States. Religion is a private thing.

As for religion causing hatred, well did you know in every inner city area in the US there's always a Catholic school.

Now, I'm not a Christian. Try as I might I just can't believe in Jesus. But Christianity in itself civilized Europe. You look at the Jews, they were some of the most civilized people in the world. But you had to be born a Jew. And Jesus in a secular view, created a form of Judaism that included anyone and everyone.
34 posted on 05/14/2005 4:28:14 PM PDT by LauraleeBraswell (Where were you when Tom Delay demanded justice!)
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To: eurostudent
I am not relgious because I believe that all religions cause hatred

Gee, you signed up today just to expose yourself as an atheist and a liberal?

43 posted on 05/14/2005 7:30:06 PM PDT by Bullish
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