So when a person tries to be inclusive, the Christians (perhaps just the more evangelical making the rest look bad again) take it as an offense to their minority faith.
Remember that the founding fathers of your faith chose to pillage many customs and traditions from the old religions.
Do not get your panties in a twist just because someone wants to include all faiths. Is it such and offense to not put your faith before everyone else?
To push and press to get a Merry Christmas because you did not feel catered to? Nobody kissed your ass? Pretty pathetic.
Do you know how many times God is mentioned in the Declaration of Independence? Once.
Just so nobody thinks that I am taking it out of context:
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the
political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the
earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle
them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes
which impel them to the separation. ”
Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God, that is much more than just God. That is is the equivilent to god, leaving all faiths open. IN fact Nature’s God coule be interpreted to be much closer to Pagans than Chistians. Funny thing isn’t it?
How many times does God appear in the Constitution? Zero.
How about the Bill of Rights, is he there? Nope.
How many times does God show up in the Articles of Confederation? Zero.
For a nation that some feel was founded on God, the supporting documents just aren’t there.
Now a country founded on the belief that ALL should be able to practice the religion of their choosing, that is all over the place. The First Amendment does a good job if putting that out there for us.
Even I have been guilty of it, but have been much better about it in recent years.
I have a friend that I love like a brother and respect greatly who has been troubled recently. He has friends/near-friends that do not respect that he is a man of faith.
His “friend” sounds like an antagonistic atheist.
The antagonistic atheist seems to be one of the worst offenders in my book. They take a hard line position on something that neither side can prove or disprove, hence why it is called faith.
We all have our own beliefs, it is fine everyone… Just because you and I have differing beliefs there is no reason for us to be disrespectful to one another. Sure with a little luck and common sense, we can discuss or debate our beliefs, but it does need to be a consensual discourse.
Now I do make an exception (perhaps a double standard) when this comes to Westboro Baptist Church. I do know acknowledge their existence as a church. To me they are simply a hate group, therefore do not garner the same respect that I give other theological organizations.
I tend to stick to the teach not preach philosophy, if you want to talk about it fine, we can talk. If you cannot be respectful, then we should leave the subject alone. I have friends that I know that I cannot debate faiths with as they are too entrenched in their positions to have a meaningful exchange. Â To me it is sad, but it is the way many people are so I just accept them for the friends that they are to me in other areas. I love them just the same.