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Thread #77771   Message #1392822
Posted By: Little Hawk
29-Jan-05 - 08:59 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Religious Left
Subject: RE: BS: The Religious Left
Akenaton, you are probably right in what you say about most religious people...or at least a lot of them. That's what bothers me about organized religion, just as it bothers you and Bill D.

You said, "Although I'm an atheist, that doesn't mean that I can't be "spiritual".

I agree. An atheist can be spiritual. You clearly have quite a good spiritual awareness, in my opinion. Spirituality does not require any religion, it simply requires a keen awareness of the tremendous value of life and the tremendous value of others and of self. It requires an open heart and an open mind. It requires respect for self and for others. It can be united harmoniously with religion or it can function fine without it.

That's why I like the lines in the John Lennon song, "Imagine"...

"Imagine there's no countries, it isn't hard to do, nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too..."

Geez, Doug, you made me laugh so hard with that line about "hanging the baptists that I spilled my drink!" :-) Naw...I say just give 'em enough rope to hang themselves instead. That usually works better, I think, and it's nonviolent...

My apologies to the Baptists among you! Just couldn't resist...