Oh hi James! You have such wonderful things to say. Such wisdom. I just love Star Trek and Spock happens to be a favorite character of mine. Anyway, I love the quote. Tolerance is needed for getting along with others. I agree. We all could try to be more tolerant of others. Myself included.
I love this quote!
"Those who cannot hear an angry shout may strain to hear a whisper.” Spock
I think your point is a very good one. If it weren’t for the fact that America modernized I really believe that religious fundimentalists here would be as radical as those living in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Nothing motivates people to hate more than jealousy and hopelessness.
come out? as an American with Constitutional rights? OK? ok ok ok
just ask em' "What's the name of your god?"
that always blows... their minds
How very dare you!!! ;-) :-D
This is why I've only come out to my husband, when we were dating, who it turned out was also atheist and to a friend of mine who told me she was atheist first. Whenever religion comes up in social settings etc I just don't say anything and get up to get a drink or whatever. It's sad.
It seems like recently (in large part due to Reason Rally), it's become something we're 'allowed' to talk about as a whole, so more of us are raising our hands. It doesn't hurt any that the next generation is rejecting dogma and intolerance at an encouraging rate. Perhaps fundamentalism will burn itself out as the kids mature into our doctors, legislators, and educators. I have hope that before long, the scales will be more balanced.
In the meantime, I'm very glad to have found a community here where I don't have to censor my thoughts to make them more palatable, or carefully dance around 'unsavory' facts when discussing science :)
Chera I do try to avoid the topic ..yes