my son has down's syndrome and just turned 30. he is amazing. i can't imagine spending one minute in a place that does not welcome the greatest person i have ever met. amazing the excuses i hear that god has a place for him. B.S.
i look forward to spending time in this community.
There is nothing common about common sense. What is considered common sense is neither sense nor common. Most people's stories change as a result. Early childhood education should be liberal in the sense that a child should be left to left to the natural wonders of the world: starry nights, small mountain streams in the summer, wildlife in forest, and mixed farms.
Thanks for the welcome. I've read your thoughts above and although I may agree with all or none, I believe one fact should be considered in any conversation about atheism or any belief in a supreme being.
Most folks, not through any fault of their own, do not possess the capability to think beyond a certain intelligence level. The relatively small percentage of humans that acheive higher learning are born with that ability to grow intellectually. And yet some of the brightest minds choose to believe in a higher power. Why? I am persuaded there are many reasons.
My point: Even though I don't agree with many that choose to "believe" they don't upset me to the point that I have to deride them. I am not that intelligent to the extent that I am an elitest, so I have compassion for folks that don't see things as clearly as I.
My understanding and patience with "believers" (not religious activists) is explained in a few words of Paul Simon's song "Quiet".
"If they say you are not good enough.....the answer is - your not!
But who are they? And what is it? That eats at what you've got?"
So I choose to liken civil "believers" as a children believing in Santa Claus. If it comforts them in this world of problems - created by greed, selfishness and the pursuit of power - let them pass through this life without us looking down on them with disdain, contempt and ridicule. Just because they may 'seem' not as intellectual or educated as us we must be patient, understanding and compassionate for folks that don't meet our standards.
I posted the bulk of this on another thread, but wanted to add some context separately.
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No Jason Torpy it is you that should be banned for promoting atheism, a belief that has no foundation in reality and zero proof behind it. The letter was a mockery of your atheist beliefs. I request to the board here that they remove Jason for his unverifiable beliefs in atheism for which he has no proof other than his arrogance. The letter was a mockery of atheism. Atheism is stupid and it should be mocked and it…