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Whenever I write sympathetically about religion, I get bombarded by tweets and notes from readers who normally agree with me but cannot abide the idea that religious belief should be seen as intellectually serious.

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Birgit W (160)
Monday August 5, 2013, 3:07 pm
I wished we had no religions. I believe in spirituality, and don't need a church in order to connect with the higher he/she God Creator.

Patrick Donovan (344)
Monday August 5, 2013, 3:51 pm
I hate to break the news, but religions have butchering people for thousands of years. One gets what one sows.

Alexa R (319)
Monday August 5, 2013, 5:27 pm
I quote: "Two things are thus true simultaneously: Non-religious Americans are a very important part of the liberal constituency; yet the majority of liberals have ties to religion. The survey found that African-Americans, who are deeply loyal to most liberal causes (and to the Democratic Party), are among the most religious people in the country. For liberalism to thrive, there needs to be acceptance and, even better, some respect across the boundaries of belief and non-belief."

Jason S (50)
Monday August 5, 2013, 7:21 pm
Good posting, thanks

Kit B (276)
Monday August 5, 2013, 7:27 pm

I always enjoy reading E J Donne. I don't think there were any big surprises, liberals tend to be more open minded and open to new ideas whether that is religion or education or politics. Religion in the United States, unlike other countries is still a form of group identification, mostly for the right but not limited to that group alone.
Thanks Carrie, well worth reading.

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday August 5, 2013, 8:31 pm
Noted. Thanks, Carrie. And, the article also states that the younger crowd is the largest group of non-believers. I have raised a family of those myself. They are good, kind, thoughtful kids, too. This really shows the great shift going on, and I am glad for it.

Past Member (0)
Monday August 5, 2013, 9:46 pm

Terrie Williams (798)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 12:45 am
Ditto what Birgit said.

Jonathan H (0)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 4:24 am

Mary S (1)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 4:26 am
Religion is a personal idea/thought/feeling. I feel to many "Christian" church denominations forget that Jesus helped the poor and sick and didn't expect repayment.

cecily w (0)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 4:43 am
I'm 70, and like many of my generation I looked into various religions long ago. If you are an imam, priest, pastor, rabbi or lama I will respect you if you counter my arguments with logic--but don't throw dogma at me. Above all--except in the capacity of one-person-one-vote--do not block crucial societal changes based solely on your dogma.

Mike M (43)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 5:07 am
It is what is in your heart not what drummer you march to. Religions help people but are also crowd control to bring fear for obedience from humans that say they act by the deities will

Karen Martinez (17)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 5:51 am
Interesting article. Thanks for posting it.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 6:18 am
What's the true meaning of a religion?

Helen Porter (39)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 6:43 am
I go for what works I've followed and left almost every religious and/or spiritual path. I found there is some truth in each. In most, the cult's (even if traditional church) desire to control....control...control is dominant,

Yahshua (Jesus) was not into control. In fact the money/power people are the ones with whom he had many and many an insulting dispute.

I have gathered what works for me. I have done extensive experiments as I was privileged to work with people in distress. If it works, I keep it. If it doesn't work I leave it.

A probable conclusion I have made is this: what works for you may not work for me. What works for me may not work for you.

Religion doesn't amount to a piffle!

It's relationship with Creator that counts for me.

I know my Creator is real. He's given me proof after proof after proof,
I have a right to enjoy what is effective for me.

That means to stay away from both atheists and would be evangelists.

Yet I am attracted to each. Why? My answer is because of my past life experiences both positive and negative, Yep, to me I have proven past life is real. I have been able to help several people by regressing them into the before this life origins of problems in their lives,. I have also done other experiments that weigh toward the validity of reincarnation and karma.

It's a useful belief that I have used to help many. The results are consistent and dependable.

And there are many other people of esteem who have had the same results as I have had and who have come to the same conclusions.

I'm 70. I walk gratefully with Creator as he has revealed himself to me.

I am blessed in all that I do.

Love and Light to Mother Earth
and all her children.

DORIS L (61)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 10:02 am
The planet would be better off with no religions at all. They only inspire trouble.

Theresa R (3)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 1:53 pm
I agree with Zee Kallah. You don't have to go to church every week to be a good decent person. If you respect yourself and others. Treat people, animals and the environment the way you would like to be treated and use your common sense. i find religions to be about power and control.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 3:29 pm
Religion (I used to prefer the term "faith" until the Republicans stole that too) has some things in common with money.

Counterfeit: Counterfeit money or religion does not disprove real money or religion; on the contrary, it goes to prove it. Why counterfeit something that has no value? And therefore...

Gresham's Law states that bad money drives out good. Unfortulately this also holds true with religion. And that's where you get the control, control, control thing, along with other abuses.

I might add that going to a church no more makes you a religious person than going to a garage makes you a car.

People's religious beliefs are as individual as people are. I hope we can respect that along with skin color, gender, and other defining issues.

Hartson Doak (39)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 4:19 pm
The fundamental principle enunciated by Bahá'u'lláh, the followers of His Faith firmly believe, is that religious truth is not absolute but relative, that Divine Revelation is a continuous and progressive process, that all the great religions of the world are divine in origin, that their basic principles are in complete harmony, that their aims and purposes are one and the same, that their teachings are but facets of one truth, that their functions are complementary, that they differ only in the nonessential aspects of their doctrines, and that their missions represent successive stages in the spiritual evolution of human society.3

Jae A (316)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 6:26 pm

"Imagine" by John always my first thuoght when it comes to the topic of 'religion' ....or as I often refer to it....'organized religion' in modern religions deep roots into 'money/power'.
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