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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Being an atheist I can't vouch for this guy's statements, but they sure seem logical: you can't call yourself a xtian if you don't follow the teachings.

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*  I've read it many times. In many versions. Along with many other religions "scriptures." A minor in comparative religion will do that for you. I have also read the Tao te Ching, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad-Gita, the Torah and the Q'ran.  Human beings know so little about who and what we and the rest of the multitude of universes are, that that we make up gods and answers that match our own ideas. No absolute truth in any religion. Some universal truths are voiced in all of them, but none of them are anything but a sign of how fearful of death humans are.  Keep your holy book. I'm glad it brings you joy, but keep all of them out of our politics. They don't belong there.  I find it very interesting that one person on this board praises my christianity and another calls me an atheist. Neither of you know anything about what I believe or don't, except that I firmly believe religions have no place in politics, and I am sick to death of being told what religion a political candidate ascribes to. We are not supposed to have any religious tests to hold office, but we in do have such a test, it just isn't a formal one and it's conducted by the press for idiots, who think that someone's religion will tell how they will govern.
*  ... Your church is subsidized by the government, which means unwilling taxpayers such as myself, in the form of tax exemptions for your buildings, money you give to your churches and the often extremely expensive homes of your pastors. For a very good lesson on this, google John Oliver on Utube and check out his Church of the Perpetual Exemption. (His language is a bit off, but he is spot on with the information and all the scams that are out there as well.)
*  Having a secular government that presumably favors no one religion above another is the only reason we have freedom of religion. This nation was founded by men who were deeply alienated by religious wars. If we Christians insist on governmental preference, we may ourselves be oppressed in the future. It's good to be a majority, but being a minority takes real courage.
*  ... The only Miracle is that there are people who still believe in this garbage. I take that back. The other miracle is the men in the suits can still con the flock into a new Jet by Invoking "Gods will".
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Letter: ‘Christian’ presidential candidates not Christ-like
By Michael J. Lombardi, January 2, 2016

I have a request to make of all candidates for president of the United States who have declared themselves followers of Christ, and of those who support these men and women under the banner of preserving our Christian-American civilization.

Please stop calling yourselves Christian.

What you call yourself should have at least a nodding acquaintance with your actions. Jesus Christ teaches us to turn the other cheek, not to slap it. He preached that the hungry should be fed, the homeless sheltered and the sinner forgiven. He did not advocate throwing the poor out onto the street to starve, nor did he advise us to revile them for suffering misfortunes which could strike any of us through no fault of our own.

He said, "Suffer the little children to come unto Me." He did not say that the suffering and deaths of those little children was an acceptable price to pay so that adults could play with their guns.

He told us to "Be not afraid." He did not at any time tell us that out of our fear we should annihilate what we have taught ourselves to fear, or what amoral politicians have told us we should fear.

Perhaps the only true Christian in all history died on the cross 2,000 years ago, I do not know, but I am certain that no one worthy of that description is running for president of the United States in 2016.

Michael J. Lombardi

Bluffdale
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