Respecting the beliefs of others  


rotorhead
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I'd remind you, Rotorhead, that "respect" and "belief" aren't synonymous. You said earlier that, "I respect your right to believe anything that you want, but I do not have to respect what you believe." No, you don't, but hopefully you respect the person enough to not trash and dismiss them for their beliefs. You can argue basic theology 'til the cows come home (and in fact you'll be arguing it until your dying breath as it's been a source of contention, dissension and literary fodder since the dawn of man) but it's a bit of a waste of time in my opinion if it becomes some sort of "life force".

Thank you for your concern. I guess we all tilt at our own windmills. I try very hard not to trash people, only ideas. I still have hope that people can outgrow the mythology of our past. It has happened. Few people still worship Zeus.

When it comes to respect, as the video on page one of this thread points out, you do pay a price when you voice belief in the outrageous. Biblical mythology has no more basis in reality than does the Giant Turtle mythology.

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.... Biblical mythology has no more basis in reality than does the Giant Turtle mythology.

Well that may depend if you're referring to TMNT or the work of Terry Pratchett. 😎

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.... Biblical mythology has no more basis in reality than does the Giant Turtle mythology.

Well that may depend if you're referring to TMNT or the work of Terry Pratchett. 😎

:@) I have never read Discworld but the description says that Great A'Tuin was taken from Hindu mythology. Have you read it? Is it comparable to Lord of the Rings? TMNT was a parody of existing comic books. "Heroes in a Half Shell".

I wonder if the bible had come out as a comic book if more people would have actually read it instead of just listening to the interpretation from the pulpit? They say that the quickest way to convert a christian to an atheist is to have them actually read the bible for themselves. There is so much horrible stuff in there that you have to carefully pick and choose to find the moral parts. Stay away from Leviticus!

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double post

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1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
2. Guide reproduction wisely — improving fitness and diversity.
3. Unite humanity with a living new language.
4. Rule passion — faith — tradition — and all things with tempered reason.
5. Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
6. Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
7. Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
8. Balance personal rights with social duties.
9. Prize truth — beauty — love — seeking harmony with the infinite.
10. Be not a cancer on the earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature.

These are not my Ten Commandments. I was wondering if anyone would recognize this from the American Stonehenge.

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