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You do make some good points

You do make some good points and I think we can reach some common ground here regarding charitable (religious or otherwise) organizations being in charge of providing for the poor rather than our Federal government. Further, I agree that Atheism can lead to living a less humble self-centered life. A Republic is dependent on people that believe they have free will and recognize that we do not have the right to take others free will.

If you are a Christian and believe that God gave you that free will despite being the ultimate power in the universe then that is a well-chosen path to uphold your values of a Republic and in my opinion a beautiful archetypal allegory.

I do hold resentment to the Christian organization and its corruption and atrocities committed in its name throughout history from the Inquision that tortured and killed thousands of people to the wiping out of indigenous cultures. Once empires spread, they use the sword first to conquer people then they use the Cross to wipe out their culture and beliefs to keep them perpetually subdued. In America we have seen the rise of Evangelicalism that focuses on fear and submission rather than spiritual growth which is a great concern to me, especially when it is mixed with politics. We must have faith yes, but the Universe was created in perfect mathematical balance so too then our reason must be employed at all times and religion should never be a subversion of our reason.

If you are a genuine Christian and choose to live your life based on what Jesus taught, I have great respect for that. Jesus was a great spiritual guide and his words and allegories contain much wisdom. My concern is that our society is propagating a form of Christianity that has fallen away from the virtues of Jesus and focuses on group mentality and fear for their and other souls in which they can be manipulated to fit political agendas.

Our government is smart, they know the more fabricated divisions they can create the more energy we spend fighting each other rather than uniting against them. On one hand they promote a militant form of Christianity for the "Right" and on the other they demonize it and promote Atheism for the "Left". At the end of the day we perpetually fight among ourselves rather than unite under the sacredness of our Free Will, regardless our path that we take to realize it.

This Thomas Jefferson Quote sums up my beliefs well:

To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself. I am a Christian, in the only sense he wished any one to be; sincerely attached to his doctrines, in preference to all others; ascribing to himself every human excellence; & believing he never claimed any other.--Letter to Benjamin Rush (12 April 1803)

I did give your comment an upvote btw, It bothers me here that people scan threads and downvote posts they disagree with without giving a response. Respectful discourse is a very important aspect of the Daily Paul and downvoting based on disagreement rather than a post being abrasive etc. goes against that.

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.