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    Your approach will get some people on both sides to agree, in fact we already do, in identifying many of the problems. The real issue is, do we agree on the solutions? That's the hard part.

    I am with you in rejecting any theocracy in its face. The problem with many, not all or even close, theocrats is that they also accept submission as a matter of fact. Another problem with theocrats is that they accept too many things, far many more than just those that pertain to religion, as a matter of faith. When people believe in things as a matter of faith it is hard to reason with them on those matters. I respect everyone's religion or lack of it, but unfortunately many don't recognize where the lines are between matters of religion and matters of governance and rely on faith, not religious faith alone but as concept of unquestionable beliefs as in "this country was founded on Christian principles", to guide them on the choices they make. There are many other myths that people believe in that impede them from making better choices for themselves. Of course the cure for many of these ailments is critical thinking, but how can you make people think critically more often?

    "The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." -John F. Kennedy

    by basquebob on Thu May 16, 2013 at 04:19:08 PM PDT

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