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Occasionally I wandered in where I was not wanted and gave truthful answers.
Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now can prevent disaster later.

NeoNote — the American compromise

There's some speculation that religious tolerance and freedom of religion grows out of religious plurality. That was something that was pioneered by American Christians (love them or hate them) by way of the English Protestants. Basically they didn't want another church telling their church what to do. It's not perfect by any means. Even today some American Christians believe that religious freedom means putting Christianity (and specifically their version) permanently above all other possibilities.

But (and this is important), acknowledging other faiths is the only way they can keep others from messing with theirs. I'm not sure it could have happened if they hadn't been so busy arguing over which version of Christianity was going to be "in charge." Their compromise gave other faiths a wedge into the American religious landscape.

As far as I can tell, that compromise is unique to America and to a lesser extent the UK. It's why America has separation of church and state, at least on paper. It's why America is mostly obsessed with protecting religious freedom. These protections don't exist in other nations. Even the Universal Declaration of Human Rights only recognized religious rights because of American influence, and it has been one of the most hotly debated items.

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.


Rape culture

Pardon, but I think there is a difference between rapes occurring and rape culture.


❝Where do you learn how to act?❞

Where do you learn how to act? Not at church. America is a lot more like pagan Rome than we think. We still sacrifice to objects to gain our social goals.
— Dave Hickey


Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.
— Robert Kennedy

Fundamentalism denies others choice

I won't submit to your game. You will frustrate yourself more and more if you keep trying. The reason I can do this here, now, is because America is based on choice and pluralism and responsibility. Bad choices and bad consequences teach people to make better choices.

Fundamentalism denies others choice.

It doesn't matter if it's atheism, Islamist, climate change, Christianity, progressive, conservative, pagan, or libertarian. The label just distracts from the tactic.

Fundamentalism denies others choice.

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