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Thou Shalt Not Impose
I grew up chanting "one nation, under God" at a public school with my hand over my heart alongside all my classmates. I bought my lunches with currency that said "In God We Trust." During science classes, I listened to my teachers present information about creationism and intelligent design alongside the theory--just theory--of evolution. And when I came home, I'd see politicians on the television eagerly give soundbites about their faith in Jesus Christ like strutting peacocks showing off their tails. I was still a Christian during this part of my life, so I hardly noticed and certainly didn't mind. It all fit with my beliefs, and I didn't think it could be a very big deal for people who didn't share my Christian faith. After all, it was just words and didn't actually do anything to them or require anything of them, right? So why did there always seem to be some controversy or another about it? Why did organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union put up such a fuss a
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Ethically Insufficient
Throughout history, mankind has turned to many different sources for guidance on how to do the right thing. Over two billion people today turn to the Abrahamic religions--Judaism, Christianity, and Islam--just as their ancestors did (CIA). However, these belief systems provide flimsy ethical frameworks for modern life when measured by their moral consistency, regard for the practical consequences of their teachings, and encouragement of the pursuit of a full life.
The trumpeted morals and teachings of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are flamboyantly inconsistent. The Sixth Commandment, as supposedly given by God himself, states very clearly not to kill (Deuteronomy 5:17). And yet, it was God who committed such genocidal acts as the destruction of the city of Sodom and Noah's flood. Unless one believes that world leaders should indeed make decisions based on God's examples, the hypocrisy flies in the face of the Golden Rule, which states that we should treat others as we'd like to be t
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Good Atheists
Some days, all I do is close my eyes and try to see if one of the lawyers in my mind's court can come up with anything to stump the other. Any interesting questions are fair game, and no questions are dismissed until I've come up with an answer.
To the disapproval of many of my fellow Americans, I do not believe in God. My disbelief in contemporary religions is matched by the religious believer's disbelief in every religion but their own, but my skepticism goes one deity too far for many people. I don't claim to be absolutely certain about God's nonexistence--at least not more or less than how I feel about things like ghosts, psychics, and undetectable fairies in gardens, which all equally lack credible evidence. That's not an attack on religion any more than a prayer is a crusade against atheism; it's just an honest report of what I believe in my head and my heart. But before I even get a chance to explain myself, I'm often branded as an arrogant know-it-all. The truth is that I welco
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10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
"I can't believe it's not butter!" sang the boy, grinning. He was just like a commercial: thrilled, bouncing, mindless.
Is this what today's youth has come to? Superheroes and spaceships replaced by stupid slogans? Where did all the dreams go? Boy, we let them down. We were terrible shepherds.
It's too late. We're zombies. Dead.
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Where were you last night?
The washed light of fluorescent bulbs pointed into her face, just like it always had. She tried to move her head and hold her hands up to block it, but the only arm moving in the room belonged to the clock on the wall.
"How long have I been here? I want to move," she thought to herself just as the door opened. In walked Tom, and a big smile spread across the cracked remnants of her face. He smiled back at her, but then his foot caught on the corner of the door and the stained glass vase he'd been holding kept going without him. It smashed on the floor in a cacophony of blues, purples, and greens until all the little bits had danced and jingled as far as they could go. A silence followed that even swallowed the rhythmic blips of the heart monitor.
Suddenly, Julia was filled with terrible worries, and she blurted out as slowly as she could make herself, "Where were you last night?"
"I was here with you, dear." Tom carefully stepped over the shards of glass, and she felt his clammy hands
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James Laslavic
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United States
Current Residence: San Francisco, San Diego, or Kings Canyon National Park
Favourite genre of music: Rock, metal, jazz, electronic, and world.
Favourite style of art: Surrealism, political street art, manga character illustrations, and web/program interface design.
Operating System: Linux and Mac
Shell of choice: KDE
Personal Quote: "Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe." -American Proverb/Dad
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Ithildae Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
Hey dude it's Ducky ^_^
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squarebottle Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
Hey there! :D
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OhImSeeinStars Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Student Digital Artist
JAMES
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squarebottle Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
Oh heya Jenni!
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jisuk Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for suggesting my DD :hug:
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squarebottle Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
Glad to! It was a shoo-in, heh. Congratulations. :)
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BrunoDeLeo Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Student General Artist
Thanks for faving Vinland :XD:
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konanVip Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks 4 the :+devwatch:
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KuldarLeement Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
Thank you so much for the :+fav: =D
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davymeykens Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
thanks a lot for the fave! :D
much appreciated!
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