update as of 6/11/09
--I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, more commonly known as "the Mormon church." I do not believe that it is the only "true" Church, nor do I believe that anyone who is not a member of said church will burn in Hell. I believe that all religions and belief systems are true, or rather, that they all contain truth. I guess I would call myself the opposite of an Atheist, I believe that all religions and beliefs (including Atheism) have valid points and all contain something that can be learned.
--As a rule, I distrust almost all politicians, but I am aware that there are many out there who are just trying to do good. I root for them. I don't consider myself Democrat or Republican, since both sides have things I take issue with. I don't like to label myself with "liberal" or "conservative," either. I will say, however, that there is something about Obama that, well, makes me distrust him more than average. I'm not sure what it is, but I do
know that it has nothing to do with the color of his skin.
--I think that there are many things wrong with our social system and that issues such as gay marriage, abortions, etc. are merely manifestations of such. I will not chop off branches of a metaphorical tree when the roots should get the blow, and I don't have the power to do so. If a nation wants to doom itself, that's it's right, and I shouldn't tire myself trying to stop it's fall, but that's the kind of person I am.
As for the issue themselves, Gay Marriage I'm against, for religious reasons, though it might have more to do with the movement behind it. On these boards some have suggested a "pro-situation" stance, which I believe I can accept, as I am against drawing a line where it is okay one day but not the next, and I believe that there are situations where abortion can be, not only necessary for the health of the Mother, but a good
--As far as Church and State: I can't speak for any country outside of the United States of America, but I don't believe that the separation of Church and State means what some would have you believe. There not being a State religion does not make the Government Atheist or secular. The Government should have a unique place, not having any particular religion or belief system, yet being of all of them. (including Atheism.) It is not the Government's place to put one person in higher standing than another based on Race, gender, religion, orientation, social status, or income bracket.
--I am against hypocrisy in all its forms, and I am aware of people on both sides of the infamous "Christians v. Atheists" battle that are guilty. Many "Christians" don't follow Christ's message at all, and are intolerant, bigotrous, and even hateful; ignoring the fact that there is another person on the other end, they just fight against "the enemy."
Then you have the "Strong Atheists," "Anti-theists," or whatever they choose to call themselves, who take issue with the "Theists" and their intolerance, bigotry, and anger, and respond with....well, intolerance, bigotry and anger. Which solves absolutely nothing.
--I believe that Global Warming is a naturally occurring phenomenon and that Al Gore is getting a lot of money and fame from using the same "End of the World" scare tactics that corrupt religious leaders use. Given the chance I would suggest to him that he personally could reduce 'dangerous carbon dioxide emissions' by some noticeable amount if he stopped breathing for 5 hours. He wouldn't even have to give up his energy wasting cars and houses.
That being said, I still think that we should take care of the environment as is our responsibility. I like breathing in pollution as much as the next person with Athsma, but I don't think we should go so far as to cripple our Nations financially and technologically in order to clean the air.
Edited by CID Farwin, 11 June 2009 - 09:29 PM.