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"There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. There is no evidence for it, but you can't prove that there aren't any, so shouldn't we be agnostic with respect to fairies?" -- Richard Dawkins

How Do You Imagine God?
God in America and USA WEEKEND Magazine are partnering to explore Americans' images of God.

How do you imagine God? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Any god is as plausible as any other god. Most plausible to me is that there are no gods at all.

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that throughout time and across religions, people have used "faith" to discriminate, judge and hurt. The time for the supernatural was before we had the brains and means to explore our world. That time has long since passed.
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that we are immoral. One does not need to be bound to religion to be an upstanding citizen. In fact, behaving in a respectable manner WITHOUT promise of some "eternal reward" is much MORE moral than doing so only within a religious construct.

How I Practice My Faith

In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator my library. Books of thought, creativity & knowledge are everywhere, & I read and explore the world.

Religion & the Public Square

What should be the role of religion in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator None. Absolutely none.
Should courses about religion be taught in public schools? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Religion taught as a component of culture & literature is fine, but it should be all-encompassing, with any religion's stories never taught as fact. They are stories, and comparison of them can demonstrate the similarities in both purpose and events.
Should the Bible, Torah, Quran or other religious texts be taught as works of literature in public schools? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator As long as it's an even-handed approach, touching on all texts. They should never be treated as histories. People exposed to all of the stories will be able to see how creation myths, flood myths, etc. borrow/steal from one another. The harm comes in choosing one & teaching it as if its stories were fact.
Do you feel comfortable discussing your faith with others? Why/why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I don't really like discussing my atheism, because people brought up Christian truly don't seem open to the earth-shattering idea that there REALLY might be no God. What's strange is, Christians don't seem to WANT atheists to talk about their views, although Christians feel so free to bring up "the glory of God" at any opportunity. And that's a big issue I have with religion-- all of the horrible hypocricy.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes. And religious bodies that throw their weight around in the political arena should unquestionably have their tax-free statuses stripped. Notice that I didn't say they should be silenced; I said that they shouldn't get special treatment if they choose to act as a political action committee.

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Published October 11, 2010

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