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OneBlueSky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-28-06 02:07 AM
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Letter to a Christian Nation . . . by Sam Harris . . .
http://www.randomhouse.com/kvpa/harris /

More than 50% of Americans have a negative or highly negative view of people who dont believe in God. 70% think it important for presidential candidates to be strongly religious.
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A person who believes that Elvis is still alive is very unlikely to get promoted to a position of great power and responsibility in our society. Neither will a person who believes that the holocaust was a hoax. But people who believe equally irrational things about God and the bible are now running our country. This is genuinely terrifying.
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44% of Americans think Jesus Christ will return in the next 50 years. (22% are certain that he will, another 22% think he probably will.)
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According to the most common interpretation of biblical prophecy, Jesus will return only after things have gone horribly awry. Imagine the consequences if any significant component of the U.S. government believed that the world was about to end and that its ending would be glorious. The fact that nearly half of the American population apparently believes this should be considered a moral and intellectual emergency.
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Only 28% of Americans believe in evolution (and two-thirds of these believe evolution was guided by God). 53% are actually creationists.
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Despite a full century of scientific insights attesting to the antiquity of the earth, more than half of our neighbors believe that the entire cosmos was created six thousand years ago. This is, incidentally, about a thousand years after the Sumerians invented glue.
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80% of Americans expect to be called before God on Judgment Day to answer for their sins. 90% believe in heaven. 77% rate their chances of going to heaven as excellent or good.
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"It is terrible that we all die and lose everything we love; it is doubly terrible that so many human beings suffer needlessly while alive. That so much of this suffering can be directly attributed to religionto religious hatreds, religious wars, religious delusions and religious diversions of scarce resourcesis what makes atheism a moral and intellectual necessity.
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The president of the United States has claimed, on more than one occasion, to be in dialogue with God. If he said that he was talking to God through his hairdryer, this would precipitate a national emergency. I fail to see how the addition of a hairdryer makes the claim more ridiculous or offensive.

http://www.randomhouse.com/kvpa/harris /

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mr blur Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-28-06 03:09 AM
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1. Scary thoughts, to be sure. (nt)
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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-28-06 09:41 AM
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2. I certainly agree with Mr. Harris.
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