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    that Christians do not want to "shove their religion down anyone's throat." But spreading the Gospel is part of Christianity's very mandate. An increasing number of right-wing Christians has absolutely no sense of propriety in knowing when to stop.

    Sure, you have the right to practice your religion--but that that right stops when I don't want to hear it.

    And it has NO business ever, ever, ever mixing into our government. None. Zip. Zero. Zilch. (See Fathers, Founding.) It's in your own best interests as well as mine to make sure religion and government stay strictly separate.

    Please--who has ever infringed upon your right to worship in this country?

    Those of us who are not Christian are bone-weary of hearing about it. Really--we are assaulted by it 24/7.

    You know why some people have knee-jerk reactions against Christianity? Because of loud-mouth right-wing Christians who are promoting this bizarre hypocritical brand of Wal-Mart Christianity that's all mixed up with militant nationalism and consumerism. They demand conformity, and that's just not the American way.

    When I think that this doctrine is fundamentally a message of peace, love, tolerance, and compassion for the poor, and then I look around at what passes for "Christianity" in today's America, I really could sit down and weep for Jesus, whom I regard as a great historical figure. (And BTW, he taught his followers to pray in private, lest they become hypocrites for praying in public. Doesn't that negate the need for injecting more religion into public life?)

    Of science and the human heart, there is no limit. -- Bono

    by saucy monkey on Mon Jul 18, 2005 at 02:51:13 PM PDT

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