Philosophy

Mitt Romney : 'Freedom requires religion'

Mitt Romney just gave a speech, in which he asserted that "Freedom requires religion."  Apparently, he doesn't know either what the word "freedom" means or what the word "requires" means.  Someone should show him a dictionary.

freedom - the absence of or release from obligations
requires - impose an obligation on

"Freedom requires religion" literally means "The abscense of obligation imposes an obligation to religion."


For some reason, Republicans seem to think that people can only be free if they give up all of their freedom.  For instance, Rudy Giuliani said:
"Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do."

discretion - freedom to act according to one's own judgment
authority - persons who exercise (administrative) control over others


Another obvious contradiction.  Then again, Republicans have a long history of arguing that A is not A.

Scientific Fact: Hindu Prayers will ruin America. Or so Republicans say.

Just when you thought Republican bigotry was at it's best, or worst, they will set out to prove you wrong.

Straight from Crooks and Liars...

A few weeks ago, the Senate invited a Hindu leader to deliver the daily invocation. Apparently, this has sent Idaho’s Bill Sali (R) over the edge.

“We have not only a Hindu prayer being offered in the Senate, we have a Muslim member of the House of Representatives now, Keith Ellison from Minnesota. Those are changes — and they are not what was envisioned by the Founding Fathers,” asserts Sali.

Sali says America was built on Christian principles that were derived from scripture. He also says the only way the United States has been allowed to exist in a world that is so hostile to Christian principles is through “the protective hand of God.”

“You know, the Lord can cause the rain to fall on the just and the unjust alike,” says the Idaho Republican.

According to Congressman Sali, the only way the U.S. can continue to survive is under that protective hand of God. He states when a Hindu prayer is offered, “that’s a different god” and that it “creates problems for the longevity of this country.”

See? And I knew it all along, dogmatic hatred really will save this country. You just watch and see, because the founding fathers would tell you if they were still here.
Bigoted assholes raised this country from nothing. They would tell you that they certainly didn't believe in religious freedom, and anyone who tells you otherwise is a Commie terrorist!

Gah, what would we do without Mr. Sali to tell us who to hate, and why?!

And don't you like the semi-threat there at the end? Kind of reminds me of the nice things these nice people would tell you, too.

Man, Isn't the world of conservatism just awesome! Anyone you wanna hate, and they'll give you a reason, and back it up with the bible! Almost breath-taking, huh?

And they call themselves Pro-Life.

I've spoken before of the ironies of the Pro-Life movement. People grouped to protect a single embryonic cell even if it's on the fast track to the dumpster even if it would save lives; Yet, will willingly send men off to die in an illogical war day after day and staunchly defend their continued presence there.
People so contradictory that will defend an unborn fetus to points of fanaticism, yet they will publish the names of doctors who perform abortions and label them murderers encouraging others to end his life, as ending the life of a murderer isn't a sin.

From that same camp of ideological, hypocritical fanatics:

Source

According to the results of large cross-sectional survey of US medical practitioners, Atheist doctors are more likely to care for the poor than are Religious ones.

Words such as Humorous, Disgusting, Hypocritical come to mind when I hear that. They will preach day and night about Jebus, kill other living human beings because they are "Baby Killing Abortionists", and will refuse to care for other human beings because they can't get paid?

Really? I mean, Really. This is the moral ground you all purport to stand on?

Atheists: Scarier than Muslims (axis of EVIL!) and a rant.

We all know that Atheists are thought of as the "most distrusted" cultural group in America. What sickens me is that most people don't even know who is an atheist and who isn't. I'm sure they'd be VERY surprised to find out some of their respected acquaintances and co-workers are atheist. For instance, most people at work don't know that I'm an atheist. It's not because I am not open about it, it's because no one asked what my religious beliefs are. Should someone ask, I'd be more than happy to say that I have no religious beliefs whatsoever, and I do not believe in a personal god.

I don't, however, tout it around with a 12-inch "I'm an atheist" pendant hanging from a thick gold chain. I don't have an atheist handbook in my cubicle. I don't send anti-religious e-mail forwards. I don't ever "thank evolution" for good things that happen to me. I don't ask people what their personal beliefs are. I don't tell anyone that their personal beliefs are wrong or immoral, even though most of them are. I don't point out the hypocrisy of the Bible. I don't state my anger at the general public's malaise for rational thought and personal responsibility. I don't open my mouth about any of this unless asked.

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