Well again everyone that says Lord Lord have we not done all these things in your name, don't make it to Heaven. They are not christians, no matter how loud they say they are.<quoted text>
"ood men can do bad things, but it takes religion to make good men do truely evil things"
The meaning is simple. If someone believes they are doing something in the name of their god, they can justify all sorts of evil, well because they are doing the work of their god.
Many fervent religious people act like they have an insight with god, that they know something the rest of us don't. They and only they are in on the little secret.
Not to jump to the Hitler thing, but there are plenty of quotes from him where he stated he was doing the work of the lord in his quest to exterminate the Jews. and there is ample evidence that the Vatican gave its tacit approval.
It allows them to pass judgement on others, to condemn other beliefs, to be grossly intolerant and dismissive of others. It allows them to be prejudice.
A prime example is the current trend for many fundamentalists evangelical christians and their obsession with displaying their relligious symbols on public/gov't lands and buildings. Usually the Ten Commandments (their version), crosses and the nativity scenes. But god forbid another religion tries to do the same, and man they scream and fight it tooth and nail. A cross was displayed in the Mojave Desert, and they fought to keep it saying in commenorates the war dead. Good arguement, until they fought an effort to have another religious symbol displayed at tthe same sight for the fallen of that religion.
another example is the opposition to same sex marriage. The only arguements against it I hear are based on religion. When you point out that other religions accept it, so shouldn't they be allowed to have the same rights as christians opposed, it falls on deaf ears. These same christians would have a cow if we started basing our laws on the Koran, yet they have no problem with basing our laws on the Bible. Using your religious beliefs to shape secular law is wrong. Heck, they don't even want to give Muslims the right to use Islamic law to settle differences between Muslims.
As far as the laws, you're right, when I didn't believe in.God, I would vote for whomever was the least religious.
Plus no christian law stopped me, from doing as I pleased.
If Jesus was to return for "His " church on a sun morn, there would be some entire churches full of.people in them, that never miss a lick of amazing grace. Whole churches full of lost people.
Many christians believe this country was founded on christian beliefs, and they fight to keep it that way.