"They use the excuse that the new testament says the old laws must also be observed and shall not pass until the end of days. That's how they justify that they are peaceful by claiming love thy neighbor but can also claim that god hates fags."
"I would beg to differ on this. Having been raised Christian doubt is one of the most common things anyone in any church I ever went to had to deal with. The thing was that the church knew how to manipulate their doubt into being the surest sign that…"
"I'm in the same boat as you. I don't outright reject the possibility of a higher power, but I won't accept it until there is some evidence. The religious texts and dogma I reject outright because there is enough evidence to show that…"
"I was raised Christian, but it just never took. I struggled with it from the time I was in elementary school until I was in my late 20's before I would even admit it to myself. I even considered going into the ministry during my teens to…"
"I'd still argue that there are similarities between the Jesus myth and myths of other religions. Granted they are not exact by any means but there are similarities. Nothing says that the creator of the Jesus character didn't borrow bits…"
"While I don't particularly feel the need to walk around with a gun on my hip like Rooster Cogburn, I completely support the right for others to legally own guns. My problem is that most individuals seems to see guns as a sign of how tough the…"
"As for the real life people I have no idea. I was just supposing that it is plausible there were people alive at that time that may have been influential enough that the authors incorporated them into the character. They could have been family…"
"I have found that most people like this simply can not be reached. If they are strict adherents to an ideology, who willingly and blindly follow others, they lack the capacity to think rationally. There are only a very select few that I have ever…"
"I have no issue with marriage and am currently happily married. From everything I have read marriage existed long before the Abrahamic religions, so to me it is not a religious institution, but just another instance of the religious claiming…"
"I'm somewhat torn between B & C. I don't really believe he existed, but I can't discount the possibility. Since it was a common name it is more than likely, to me at least, that it was just a name chosen for the stories. Jesus is…"
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Hello Michael, and welcome to this friendly meeting place with freethinkers like you who recognise that religion is a fraud aimed at controlling vulnerable superstitious people, including defenceless children; and
how tragic and inexcusable it is that women and minorities have been oppressed these last two thousand years and even longer.