.. there is a direct correlation. For thousands of years, homosexuals were only open about their orientation in the privacy of their homes and in gay clubs. Are you advocating Christians go into the closet ??..<quoted text>
I disagree that religion cannot or must not be private.
I don't see why being part of the human experience and man's history makes it a public matter.Hemorrhoids are part of the human experience and man's history, too.<quoted text>
.. do you advocate schools quit teaching mythology? How can Mayan history be taught without touching on their religious beliefs ??..
.. we're in a public discussion forum where people's religious views are the very basis for much of their reasoning, a place where everyone has a right to voice their thoughts. To confine such free flow to homes and churches is in direct contradiction to our constitution ..
.. besides, if believers are told they must keep it private, they will go underground. I'd rather know what they're thinking ..
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I don't think so. I think it's more like telling gays to confine sexual acts to their private spaces.
.. my understanding is somewhat different. During the first constitutional convention, the very idea of who would say an opening prayer was in dispute. A Baptist, a Presbyterian? It was only after much negotiation that our forefathers agreed the prayer would be non-denominational, the very idea of a state-sponsored church was rejected and the beginning of a secular government was formed ..<quoted text>
I don't see where that comes from. We would not have the freedoms that we enjoy today had we not had vigorous secularists neutering the church and forcing it out of government.
.. if I'm incorrect, please clarify my understanding ..
.. perhaps but religion is not about to go away in the near future so a peaceful co-existence must be attained. We cannot continue down the path of Muslims declaring Christians infidels or Christians detesting atheists. We both know where that leads ..<quoted text>
I think you give religion a lot of undeserved credit.
.. since religion is not going to disappear, we must find a way to live peacefully with what we have ..<quoted text>I don't see any loss to anybody if religion disappeared from the earth except to the parasitic priestly class.