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We keep hearing the mention of "religion" as if all religions were the same. They are not.
Look at the commands of Christ and let me know why I should not wish my children to be taught these in school.
Listening to a report today about child depression, rates of divorce, suicides, crime, bullying, etc. I am filled with despair. Is all this increasing misery due to the decline of religion? One may well think so.
Why do humanists appear to be so intolerant and so easily offended? With recent opposition to the short and very beautiful film about " prayer" before the start of the new Star Wars film did it not occur that there might be some out there who would have found this 60 [second] clip comforting and helpful? Is it really too much to ask that humanists sit through all of 60 seconds of something that few, if any, could find offensive?Not being aware of this, I looked it up. It was the state-sponsored Church of England trying to impose a prayer on the millions in England who attended that movie. Imagine going to a movie and having the entirely innocuous statement "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy the movie." flashed before you for just ten seconds. Few, if any would find that offensive, right? And for people worried about whether they would spend an eternity being burned in Hell it could be very comforting indeed. Maybe we could devote a minute before movies for every religion or philosophy that wants to show something "comforting". See where that leads?
Look at the commands of Christ and let me know why I should not wish my children to be taught these in school. If they were the world and this country would be a much better place than they are. Listening to a report today about child depression, rates of divorce, suicides, crime, bullying, etc. I am filled with despair. Is all this increasing misery due to the decline of religion? One may well think so.The central idea of Christianity, the one without which Christianity becomes a fable, is that
short and very beautiful film about " prayer" before the start of the new Star Wars filmis not something that Humanists should be too upset about, but you certainly have not shown that that is the case! In fact, you've made only a thin attempt to justify it by appealing to the fact that the prayer film was Christian, rather than some other religion. This is your second big assumption: that your religion deserves more deference than the *other* ones because Christian values are better than others. This is obviously your *biased* view on the matter.