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NeoNotes — SPLC

No one person and no one group has all the answers. No one group should be vested with THE moral authority to decide who is and is not a hate group.

The SPLC needs competition.

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NeoNotes — compel an individual

Is it moral for the state to compel a product or service?

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Jesus is offensive

“Family asked to remove 'offensive' Jesus sign from their Christmas display because it offended a neighbour”

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Monday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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Friday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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Syncretism happens even if it offends

Faith and religion don't stay in the nice neat boxes and cabinets we make for them. Syncretism happens, even if it offends the True Believer™.
     — NeoWayland

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Concede the war

The question is not which religion or belief set is mainstream, authentic, or even legitimate. Define your faith in those terms and you concede the war.
     — NeoWayland, Faith worthy of freedom
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More clearing out the stack

Older headlines that don't merit their own entry

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Response to my Ebert entry

Critics of my criticism

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Parity

If you won't honor someone's religious choice, why should they honor yours?

If you are not willing to live with those of other faiths, why should they give way and not you?

Parity. The Golden Rule. It's in your own teachings if you look hard enough.
     — NeoWayland
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A choice that is imposed is no choice

A choice that is imposed is no choice. Religion imposed in the name of “freedom and decency” will be neither free nor decent.
     — NeoWayland
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Religion is the excuse

Religion is the excuse not the reason.
     — NeoWayland
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Mark 12:17

One of my professors pointed out that Mark 12:17 could be interpreted to keep politics out of religion and religion out of politics. It's probably not true, but I like the thought. Politics is about controlling others and we know it corrupts almost everything it touches.
     — NeoWayland
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Syncretism

Do you know how many cultures and nations Western Civilization borrowed from? Syncretism, it's not just for religion.

It's not necessary to claim WestCiv as “white.” Just say it's a collection of extraordinarily proven good ideas that have worked time and time again. Claim it as “white” and you're invoking tribalism and rousing people's natural defenses. Claim it as “white” and in a very patronizing way you grant permission to join.

Invite people to join because “they can make it better” works with more people. And it makes your life better too.
     — NeoWayland
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NeoNotes — Consider historical context to violence

What is to stop someone else from deciding that it's a good cause to thump you over the head? Once the excuses start, what's to protect you from the politics of the day?

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Special rights

Libertarians don't want special rights for certain groups based on their race, gender, age, orientation, or religion.

Libertarians want to protect natural rights for all people simply because they are human beings.
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NeoNotes — the Johnson amendment

As I said, the tax exempt status is a "devil's trade" intended in large part to silence churches.

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from crux № 13 — Competiton

Competition drives the free market…

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NeoNotes — Marriage revisted

That is when marriage ceased to be religion and control shifted to the state.

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NeoNotes — Religion enshrined in law

Why should any religion be enshrined in law? Raised above all others as THE Moral Standard?

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That's the excuse, not the reason

Here's the dirty little secret that you're avoiding. The evil is not in a belief system. That's the excuse, not the reason. No book has ever committed genocide. No song has ever burned someone alive. No long lost chant has ever raped.

It's people who speak and people who act. It's people who do good, and people who do evil.
     — NeoWayland
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I can't stress this enough

I can't stress this enough.

The state is not a moral entity. Government is not your friend, at best it is a bad servant.

Religion can not be allowed the coercive power of the state and the state can not be allowed the moral justification of faith.

You can't trust law to do the right thing. You have to watch it. You have to argue with it. And sometimes you have to fight it.
     — NeoWayland

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from crux № 11 — Ultimate truth

I've seen the arguments in enough other contexts to distrust anyone who claims rationality prevents any opposing view. Even more so when they dismiss any other possibility unheard because they have the Ultimate Truth That Must Not Be Questioned.
     — NeoWayland
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NeoNotes — government requires

If you didn't choose your morality and if you do not commit to your morality, is it really yours?

Or did it just get sacrificed for the greater good?
     — NeoWayland
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Faith & religion

I believe that faith and religion can be a tremendous source of individual morality and a dangerous tyranny in society.
     — NeoWayland

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from crux № 16 — My beliefs

I believe that people are perfectly capable of making their own choices and that society is the better if people do exactly that.

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Freedom of religion

Freedom of religion does not mean deferring to Christianity.
     — NeoWayland
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from crux № 15 — make it better

“I want a government that is smaller than absolutely necessary.

I believe that people are perfectly capable of making their own choices and that society is the better if people do exactly that.”

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NeoNotes — Prostitution

Do you really want politicos deciding what is moral harm?

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NeoNotes — Pardon…

It would not honor my faith, and it dishonors the Divine as I perceive it. It would require me to break oaths & promises that are at least as important to me as yours are to you.

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Government & religion

Religion cannot be allowed the coercive power of government. Government cannot be allowed the moral justification of religion.
     — NeoWayland, United We Stand

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NeoNotes — Shame game

I played this game many times until I tiblurb of it

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NeoNotes — Sin

Pardon, but who defines the sin?

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NeoNotes — Reciprocity

We can build a moral system based on the Ethic of Reciprocity

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NeoNotes — Undermine your own

Perhaps what frustrates you most is that you can't denounce my faith without undermining your own. At the end of the day, we don't have anything but our faith. Mine is just as valid as yours by every "objective" measure you trot out.

Live and let live. Why is that so hard for you to accept?

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.
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Religion becoming the law of the land

When it comes to religion becoming the law of the land, the devout don't need it, the non-believers don't want it, and the politicos will corrupt it.
     — NeoWayland
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NeoNotes — Political fringe and crazy ideas

The political fringe and their crazy, insane ideas

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NeoNotes — On Liberty

the ORIGINAL NeoNotes™

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Cruz goes evangelical

Why does Cruz assume that the only worthy values are Christian ones?

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Expanding civilizations, religions, and faith

It's not how it appears

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from crux № 2 — defining liberty

It’s not a right unless the other guy has it too.

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When truth is dissent

Very silly.

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NeoNotes - Choose your right

I believe that economics and morality should be based in free choice.

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United We Stand - Dragging religion into politics

The presidential candidates are missing the point by pandering to evangelicals - revised

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Religious or spiritual

…that's the difference between an individual having a religious view and a spiritual view. The individuals that have a spiritual view don't force anyone else to accept what they think.
     — “Grog,” Religion vs Rightful Liberty, Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog

Worth thinking about anyway.
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A Pagan looks at the “War Against Christians”

Some people are deliberately confusing the issues to advance their beliefs

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Christian America Redux - The Ten Commandments Controversy

Was the United States really founded as a Christian nation?

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Faith and the public sphere

Does religion really define public morality? Should government control religion?

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Faith worthy of freedom

The only worthy faiths and beliefs are those freely chosen

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A Pagan looks at “Christian America” - Updated

Once again, news stories about meeting prayers and the Ten Commandments are making the rounds. Here's what a real Pagan thinks.

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Original Pagan•Vigil FAQ

Just the FAQs about my Vigil

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from crux № 4 — The U.S. is not a "Christian nation"

And here is where I am about to offend many of you. Are you paying close attention?

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