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"Forces today within our society are actively and explicitly opposed to secular humanism – which is to say, against the entire intellectual framework of the modern world. Bush and his crew are proud to align themselves with that side of the argument. This also means rejecting the analytical methods of inquiry and discovery that accompanied the Enlightenment revolution. When faith supplants reason, there is no need for inquiry: all answers are provided by dogma and ideology, and inquiry is a pernicious, wicked exercise whose only purpose is to challenge proper authority."
I sometimes quibble with Rob over at Emphasis Added, but when he writes like this... I have nothing more to say than BRAVO! This is a must read, especially for many of my okie blog-mates who Rob has so carefully outed.
The truth of the world is all around you, in all its messy complexity. To find it, look to the world, not to a dusty book of ancient scripture, or to a pre-baked set of ideological answers and talking points.
But the Bible made me do it seems to be the excuse I hear most often. Think for yourselves people! You were born with a brain and senses to experience the world, use them. Use reason, one of the greatest tools humanity has ever created.
If I disagree with somebody but they came to their opinions through their own reason and experience I listen to them. Occaasionally I have changed my mind. I don't consider that a weakness, I consider it a strength. When presented with a better arguement I ditch the old one. I am not so niave to assume that I have the world all figured out. If I did I wouldn't spend so much time thinking about things, reading what other people have to say, and trying to find arguements for and against what they say.
Beliefs are just your most educated opinions.
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