UIF, I think in fairness to you and everyone else here, it should be understood that none of us, who don't believe, are wanting restrictions placed on religious freedom. In my case, I am looking at it from the point of abuse of other human beings, and when anyone, including a religious person abuses another human being, I object.<quoted text>
why do i ask that? because if you don't want any restrictions placed on religious freedoms then why do you fight so hard to surpress it? Every time someone comes on topix with a view point based on biblical truth, atheists are always quick to use different tactics to 'silence' that voice.
I donate all the time where i live.
we have a food pantry in my home town and a needy clothes store to help the poor.
i contribute often to those.
and when i said heaven was my home, that means that when i leave this earth (death or rapture) heaven will be my perminate home.
the bible says we are to store up our treasures in heaven now
which is a spiritual walk.
heaven is my home.
that is where my heart and soul rests.
but i am sure you won't understand what that means.
Since my background was very much in Christianity, I know that is one of the main ideals of Christianity, to love everyone including one's enemies. Here, however, I have observed a lot of very abusive talk against people, especially traditionally abused people, and most of that abuse on this site is from those who are claiming to be the believers in God.
It doesn't fit my image of Christianity because I was taught to do unto others, etc., and denigrating any group of people, and especially using ancient traditions to justify that, to me, is totally contrary to the message that the book the Bible is trying to tell us that Christ sent us, or gave us.
The fact that I no longer believe in the divinity of the whole picture, does not mean that I have thrown out all my beliefs about what is right and what is wrong, regarding how we treat each other during our short time on earth.
I think the number one thing that a human has to be concerned with after food and shelter, is maintaining good relations with others. We have to do that for our own protection. When we attack others, most of the time, they will retaliate, for their own protection.
Whether we use our religious beliefs to justify that or just the laws of our land, or our personal feelings on the subject, it is still about doing no harm to not be harmed. It is not a foolproof method but it is better than constantly fighting other people.
Regarding past arguments about restrictions on what goes on in schools, etc., regarding God and the Bible, no country today is one religion only with all of their people. So it is not possible to bring religion as a taught behavior into the classroom, because it discriminates against many of the children in those classes, and all kids are required to take certain classes in order to move on to the next level of learning.
In the USA it is illegal to mix religion and the state, and usually public education is under government control. I am not sure that our original constitution in Canada specified separation of church and state (mainly because I don't know what is in our constitution, as that is not something that particularly interests me), but more recent decisions have taken certain forms of religious practices out of the schools, because frankly, except in some very remote and rural communities, most schools have people from all parts of the world and all the world religions.