As usual Karin: AWESOME
excellent post Ghost! (I'm Nat, what's your name?
I think the main point of my post is that not every religious person is a fanatical or thinks it's morally superior to others (I'm catholic and yet I don't keep preaching at anyone, to each one its own)
of course, you know some people that are...
, I know some Opus Dei dudes that make the Pope look liberal
you cannot judge all religious people on the same basis, my religion gives me sense of peace and a balance to my life, other people don't need it and that's absolutely respetable as well, it's just a way to see life
BTW: I agree with you in that are very questionable stuff in the religion books, but you have to understand the time and the culture in which those were written, a lot of things can be still applied in our times (like the Gospels and the Epistles) and others cannot (like Leviticus or the Ecclesiastes, which are more about history than religion itself for christians); also, it all depends on the interpretation you give them, they are usually vague enough to allow a lot of different interpretations
the whole point in here goes beyond religion and politics, it's INTOLERANCE and FEAR OF DIFFERENCES, it's present in every culture, in every politic system, the homosexual population has been one of the most hated and it all comes down to rejection of those who are different
Clydey: atheism is a faith, because you cannot scientifically prove that God doesn't exist or exist, so it's all about having faith on a higher entity or having other kind of faith (for example, many atheists I know are humanists and have faith on mankind) the rational approach to that matter is called agnosticism: you can't prove that it exists, but cannot prove that it doesn't