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california boy

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    I like to listen to others that share different beliefs than me. I try to respect those differences, but will also challenge those beliefs to sort out truth from dogma. I feel that people have often let religious dogma overshadow the basic message of Christ. I adhere to simple truths. Love God, love others, let God judge and worry about my own faults.

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  1. Quite frankly I am trying to understand what you are saying other than you disagree with the left wing on gay rights and abortion. Maybe you could explain what you are saying about the left and religious beliefs.
  2. Boy you totally ignored answering any of my questions. Seriously? I have to read an entire book on who is the establishment? Or does it just take that long to spin some hair brain conspiracy plot
  3. Am I reading this question right? Do you think anyone on the left does not value any religious rights? Just because their religious beliefs are different than yours? That they find nothing distasteful in their religious views on gay rights and abortion doesn't mean they are not religious. News to you. The left supports freedom of religion and many of them are indeed just as religious as you are.
  4. You speak for me as well. THIS is the problem. it wasn't that religion was restricted too much, it was other large groups were not restricted enough. Religion should have been pushing for large groups to be more restricted rather than pushing for their right to join the out of control gatherings.
  5. One of the most offensive stances those on the far right make is that the"left" cares nothing for religion. It is saying that if you are on the left, then you have no morals, no belief in God. No desire to follow His will. If a person is a Deomcrat then surely they care nothing for religion. This only contributes to the belief that if you believe in a lot of the left's positions like taking better care of the poor, giving people medical coverage to protect them when they are sick, more equality in the rich paying their fair share of taxes, then there is no room for you in religion.
  6. So this is an all or nothing proposition. Even though you acknowledge that people have still been able to worship, they should be allowed to do anything they want in a health crisis even if it endangers the public to the point of spreading of a deadly virus. Yeah people are going to love this stance and feel that religion is a good thing for the public interest. Can't seen any possible negative outcome from this stance. Go for it.
  7. I am truly sorry that you have not been able to worship for the past 9 months. I haven't been able to do a LOT of things during the last 9 months. But fortunately, I have been able to have a relationship with God. My ability to worship is not dependent on a building or other people. I guess I am one of the lucky ones.
  8. We had Thanksgiving with Aunt Helen. She really isn't related, but she was best friends with my partner's mother who passed away a few years back. She is 90 years old. We know she is a very devout Presbyterian. Each week, her 80 year old friend picks her up and they go to her friends house to watch their church service on zoom. I would think that a religious congregation would be capable of making sure all of the members were taken care of. It is also true that not everyone can make it to a church every Sunday. Does that mean their right to worship is being violated?
  9. I wonder if the rational for this decision just pushed Justice Roberts further to the left when he hears the argument put up by the right to justify their position. It will be interesting to see how this all shakes out.
  10. I am not a lawyer and find most opinions as they are written to be tedious and boring. But I have read the summaries and relevant points made in the brief. Personally I don't buy for one minute that not attending a physical church is vital to practicing or worshiping your religion. No one was prohibited from worshiping. Can you or anyone else honestly say that you have not been able to practice their religion since March? And yes I see a big difference between a church and a bus station, airports, laundromats, banks, hardware stores and liquor shops. As far as I know, I can't get a
  11. Horray for the religious victory. Now let's hope that religion is prepared for the backlash when hospitals and morgues start stacking up as a direct result of their religious victory. Because obviously, the government restricting crowd size was due to their hatred of religion and had nothing to do with controlling a virus that knows no sect.
  12. Sorry, but just who is the "establishment". And who was supplying the money that dried up? Just who gave the order to stop protesting? Cause I have't hear any reports about orders going out to now stop protesting. Not even on Fox News. Do you really think there is someone calling literally hundreds of thousands of protesters telling them to show up? Or quite possibly are there hundreds of thousands of not only black people in this country but Americans of all color and race that are sick and tired of the kind of treatment minorities have had to deal with for far too long. For
  13. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Thought you might like reading this bit of trivia about Thanksgiving. George Washington was the first to declare Thanksgiving a holiday, but it was on a year-to-year basis, so presidents had to re-declare it every year, according to The Washington Post. Thomas Jefferson was so adamantly against Thanksgiving that he refused to declare it a holiday during his presidency, and many say that he called the holiday "the most ridiculous idea ever conceived." Most historians agree that Jefferson really refused to declare the holiday because he believed in the separati
  14. Evidently not, since you keep insisting that the best thing for religious organizations is to be able to gather in super spreader groups. And if they aren not allowed, then government is attacking religion. You obviously don't see that your very demands are just a string of attitudes religion insists upon which increases further animosity towards it. What I am saying is that YOU should be smart enough to figure out that the worse thing you could be doing is your continued insistence that government policies are a threat to religion when in fact, it is religion itself and demands like
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