That many? Wow.
This country is finally making some progress.
I would say because it undermines the possibility of us pushing past religious beliefs to ensure the rights of everyone are in place.
Hell, I can't really think of anybody I know who complains about how their religion is being violated by the practices of others.
We don't follow one doctrine. We just don't accept any doctrine. We're not a religion like you implied, dammit. We're a lack of one. Get it right. We decided not to follow faith. That's it. Some decide to believe in evolution, some decide to believe in the Big Bang, etc. We're not categorized by belief, but lack of one.
Never thought i'd see the day of America making progress.
You can't just pick and choose in a religious book like the Bible. It's very clear that it means everything it says and you should take all of it to heart. You're not even following the Bible at that point; you're just agreeing with some ideas and rolling with it. Things like this are all or nothing.
Not to mention evolution is still, for whatever reason, not completely accepted in America.
Beliefs of any kind can get in the way of progress, not just religious ones, and many religious people know to think independently of their faith when it comes to politics, only taking in mind general moral lessons like be nice to your neighbor or something. Extremists of any kind can be bad. Extreme atheists might just throw the country into religious debates as well. Whether you're religious or not doesn't determine how good a person you are, tho some people taking pride in their faith or absence thereof might think otherwise.
I fail to see how it's "progress", but I guess science is answering more and more questions religion used to answer, and often with more proof or theories made very plausible by certain experiments, so this development doesn't really surprise me all too much.
Yet people do this and it's acceptable. Why the fuck are you even arguing otherwise. Are you the one who chooses how people can and cannot pick a religion?
This is a start. Hopefully one day I'll be able to see this poll at 100%.
Yeah it's not like you can interpret a text, or anything. Nope, clearly a fucking talking snake convinced a woman to eat an apple and that resulted in the end of a utopia.
You know nothing of religious education, you're just as ignorant as the people you claim to be ignorant.
And Garik stop rating every single post in this thread useful.
Unfortunately, the all-accepting church on the corner of Main and 1st street gets less media attention then, say, the Westburo Baptist Church.
The other unfortunate fact is that, as religious indoctrination (and general religious studies and upbringings) decline in the United States, the more extreme aspects of religion are bound to be more highlighted in the media.