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  •  I dont think you can get rid of faith, its been (5+ / 0-)

    tried what you can do is ensure that religious organizations have less power and faith in god is no excuse for not paying taxes etc.

    •  That makes eradicating... (6+ / 0-)

      ... the 'office of faith-based initiatives' mandatory (besides which, it's unconstitutional and illegal).  It gives religions a toe in the door to mandating a government-sponsored religion, and gives them a direct connection to the Congress Critters and/or chief executive (since it's run through the office of the president) and influences laws - especially laws taking away women's reproductive choices.

      Well, I've advocated its abolishment for that for years....

      James Madison had it right, and what he's talking about was 'recent history' for the Founding Fathers.

      The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries.
           — James Madison, 4th President of the US, and one of the principal architects of the US Constitution

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 11:03:06 AM PDT

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    •  Not saying "get rid of" religion (0+ / 0-)

      But I am saying that if a line is going to be drawn between fundamentalist religions and non-fundamentalist religions, that line is going to be entirely arbitrary by the very nature of religion.  So is the point of isolating "fundamentalism" to "get rid of" fundamentalism?  If not, then what is the point?  To deprive fundamentalists of their government tax breaks and any official government recognition?  Then why draw a line at all?  Why not include all religions?

      That's my point, I'm not nearly delusional enough to think that we could literally "get rid of" all religion but I also know it is an exercise in futility to try to segregate religions between fundamentalism and non-fundamentalism.  Just include them all for any sanction that you think should be applied only to fundamentalists.

      Arrrr, the laws of science be a harsh mistress. -Bender B. Rodriguez

      by democracy inaction on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 03:43:32 AM PDT

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