Charlie Brown Christmas Show Touches Off Church and State Flap

Nov 19, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: ArkansasMatters

A longtime holiday show, beloved by children, inadvertently touched off a controversy in Little Rock over the separation of church and state.

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Gluteus Maximus

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Nov 21, 2012
 
Oh good grief. It's a harmless cartoon about Christmas and like it or not, it is IMPOSSIBLE to discuss Christmas without discussing the birth of Christ. I don't see in this story any instance of Congress establishing a religion. Again, why are atheists so afraid of something they swear doesn't exist? Are they not able to raise their children as they wish or is it impossible for them, as parents, to overcome the "power teaching" of a 30 minute cartoon??
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Nov 25, 2012
 

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Atheism is a religion as well. You cannot have a strong commitment to your belief if you allow other beliefs to threaten or challenge yours. If we are to remain a multi-cultural country then we should teach all religions in our educational institutions as one's belief is such a large part of who we are. Religion and Politics are becoming too homogenized and that is dangerous without tolerance..

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Jan 18, 2013
 
Can you please show me how Atheism is a religion? Its the rejection of religion. Thats like saying bald is hair color.
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Jan 18, 2013
 
It takes more faith to be an atheist than to believe in a supernatural power or being.

Consider this:

The consensus of science, based on cosmology and astrophysics, is that the universe is not itself eternal, did indeed have a beginning, and that all matter and energy at one time existed at one point. Then, there was a big bang that propelled it all into motion. And according to astronomers, it's all still moving today.

Newton's law of motion states that bodies at rest stay at rest unless acted upon by an outside force. If the entirety of the universe's matter and energy existed at one point, any outside force would be outside of all matter and energy in the universe. Something outside all matter and energy in the universe is by definition supernatural. Therefore, according to science, a supernatural force was necessary to act upon that single body of matter and energy causing the big bang.

Now, if we want to look at it logically as well, there is a maxim of logic that dictates "ex nihilo nihil fit" which means out of nothing, nothing comes. IOW, things don't simply pop into existence from nothing, rather they are brought into existence by something. Therefore, if the universe did indeed have a beginning as science demands, then there is a logical necessity for a supernatural force or being (a something) to bring it into existence.

So, unless one has enough faith to throw science and logic out the window, he will come to the inescapable conclusion that a supernatural force or being exists.

Therefore, being a faith-based view, atheism certainly fits the description of a religion.

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Jan 18, 2013
 
Can you tell me how it takes more faith to not believe in something that has no evidence than to believe in that same something with no evidence?

And what supernatural force created god? And what supernatural force created god's god? Etc, etc. All you are doing is passing the buck. If your god could have always exited with no creator, so can the universe. We actually have proof of a universe, somethign we can't say for any god other than in peoples' heads.

There is no consensus of science on the universe not beign eternal. There are many conjectures about what happened, such as the previous universe collapsed and then expanded again or that there are infinite universes springing into being. But they are all just that...conjecture. We have no way of knowing anything before the big bang.

The human mind cannot truly grasp nothing or infinity.

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