With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.I was way too quick to dismiss Barack Obama's book The Audacity of Hope. It starts out as a bit of a civics lesson, and I was bored. Patience, patience. About midway through, in the chapters titled Opportunity, Faith and Race, he really hits his stride. I'm falling a little in love with this guy. Despite the Weinberg quote I've offered above, I don't hate religion. I don't practice it, but I respect your right and inclination to worship all you want. I only ask that you respect my wish to tread my own path apart from your God. Barak has some interesting things to say about his (and our) religious beliefs and their place in politics. Read the book. I think you'll like it. Oh, and here's his view on gay marriage:
- Steven Weinberg
I am not willing to have the state deny American citizens a civil union that confers equivalent rights on such basic matters as hospital visitation or health insurance coverage simply because the people they love are of the same sex-- nor am I willing to accept a reading of the Bible that considers an obscure line in Romans to be more defining of Christianity that the Sermon on the Mount.I don't believe anything in the Bible is really God's word (part and parcel of not believing there is a God, I suppose), but Jesus' Sermon on the Mount (see: beatitudes) is some seriously good shit, yo. If all the Christians (and everyone else, for that matter) actually practiced what J-Unit preached on said Mount? Molto problems solved.