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“There can be but little liberty on earth while men worship a tyrant in heaven.” - Robert Green Ingersoll

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 I don't imagine God. I think that whatever forces created the universe are outside of the realm of human understanding at this point in time. 1 person liked this

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I believe that the universe is neither divine nor good or evil. I see it as morally neutral. I do believe in good & evil but that those things are inside of humans, not external forces. I believe that life itself is sacred. With that in mind, I became a vegan. 2 people liked this
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator when I was told by a good friend that my family was going to Hell because we don't go to Church. I had no bad thoughts about religions before that. I actually saw religion as a positive influence on children and people in general. After that, it dawned on me how divisive religions can be. 1 person liked this

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator in nothing. My parents aren't religious. God & religion were not discussed in my parents' house except in relation to other people's beliefs.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator an atheist... although my parents never spoke in those terms.
Are your beliefs or practices different from your parents? If so, how and why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes a little. My parents weren't open with their atheism. My mother thinks it "sounds bad" to say she's atheist, so if asked, she'll say she's Catholic. If pressed, she'll admit that she doesn't believe in any of it. My father is a bit more open about his atheism, but really, both my parents are very private about their feelings. I'm comfortable with saying that I don't believe in any religion. In that way, I differ from my parents. 1 person liked this

How I Practice My Faith

Where and when do you practice your faith? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My family celebrates Christmas, but just as a secular holiday with a tree & lights & food. Religion isn't part of the holiday. We celebrate it exactly the same way as we celebrate Thanksgiving except that we exchange gifts on Christmas. 1 person liked this
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator It's easy except during election years. I get so fed up with all the politicians talking about God and the Bible. 1 person liked this

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 Religion should have NO role in politics. I will not vote for a candidate who votes based on their religious beliefs. To me, that's very medieval. 1 person liked this
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 I think, yes, they should but not to indoctrinate them in that religion. I think they could take World Religions classes in the same way that children learn about other cultures. 1 person liked this
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 Yes, I think students should learn about all religions. 1 person liked this
Has 9/11 had any impact on your thoughts about religion? Are you more/less interested in learning about other religions? Do you feel more/less comfortable expressing your religious beliefs? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator No 9/11 didn't impact my beliefs at all. It had zero impact on my feelings about religion.

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Published October 11, 2010

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