By H.A. Hellyer, Special to CNN
(CNN) - Last Monday, only a few people knew about an obscure anti-Islam video produced in the U.S. Today, people around the world are aware of it. The video sparked protests worldwide, starting in Egypt and Libya, and then spreading to other countries. Tragically, some of the protests turned violent and took the lives of Americans, Libyans, Tunisians and Yemenis.
The protests have subsided for now, it seems. In assessing what happened, we have to be cautious and ensure that we do not point fingers in the wrong direction.
200, don't get caught up in the spirit of the age......'Rom 2:29 But he [is] a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circu mcision [is that] of the heart, in the spirit, [and] not in the letter; whose praise [is] not of men, but of God.'
Rom 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither [is that] circu mcision, which is outward in the flesh:
200, don't pull an Esau moment.
funny how the freedom of press is not being used when the world is saying to remove the princess kate nude pics, but when 1.2 billion muslims and non muslims combined are asking for a video to be removed its a big deal of frweedom of speech. hypocrits. this is all politics nothing more...
"Anti-Islam video does not represent Coptic community"
so how do they make the logical leap that the anti west sentiment of some radicals represent ALL of their community? Just curious..
Someone, somewhere in a dimobocracy will be more than happy to rule on it and give you your answer.
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Of course it doesn't.
It's really best for all people including children to have an agnostic approach to god, and an atheistic approach to all religion. It keeps things simple for kids, and lets them be all that they can be. They just need to be taught that some things, like all religion, were just made up by salesmen and politicians from long ago. (Yes, charlatan folklore and spam started long before the Bible; what would make you think they hadn't?) And they need to be taught that other things, like God, we really don't know a damn thing about.
Atheists have strong minds and don't need a religion. Many religious folk have the best intentions. But too often, religious folk run and hide their misdeeds within their religion (and by doing so, they disserve society). And too often, religious folk are easily offended when someone mocks their make-believe characters – and, as we can see they can get really CRAZY!
Although there are many religious folk with good intentions – some selflessly helping others, religions and religious organizations are, as a whole, just big old clubs – each trying to out do each other and inspiring hate and division (often disguised as love) along the way. The problem is that people too easily buy into religion and don't realize how unfounded it all is. And when they buy into it, they buy into a lot of really old, really weird tenets that are nothing but harmful for the human species.
Of course Islam is a crazy religion. But look at Christianity. Just look at all the things that Christians argue about amongst themselves today – abortion, men's and women's roles in the church, celibacy, contraception, acceptance of gays, etc. Most of these issues have their roots in the conflicted, unfounded tenets of early Christianity. Non-Mormons harp on Joseph Smith these days. But we really don't have any more proof at all to believe that Paul, the self-proclaimed "apostle" was anything more than an ordinary man who needed to make up religious "sales literature" to survive and spread his own personal beliefs. And yet a good chunk of the NT is attributed to Paul and accepted by many Christians. And a lot of what he wrote about has to do with many of the issues I mentioned above that have Christians fighting amongst themselves hundreds of years later. I don't buy any of it.
Get a good cup of tea, and sit down and collect your thoughts. If you find it helpful to pray to a god (something you know nothing about), fine. But it is really healthier for the mind to leave behind all the characters that people over the centuries have invented or given powers to, for which there is little or no foundation. Because with those invented characters and powers – that's where division and hate join the little party in your mind. That's where, in your mind, you are inheriting the division and hate from ordinary politicians, lobbyists and salesmen from long ago.
Why? Having faith and living your life accordingly is one of the greatest gifts you can receive. What purpose does life have when there is no faith? If we all had no faith – what kind of world would this be? You think we would live conflict free? No – we'd just have different levels of atheism that we would fight about. Or we'd fight about what type of science we should be following in our atheistic views. Or – we would disagree about the level of intellect we would have.
People aren't killed in the US over religion – they are killed over money, drugs and power.
I was just like you thinking that I controlled everything in my life and believing in something that I can't see is ridiculous. Who would want to look so foolish to have faith in a book that you don't even know where it came from? But when I hit a very hard time in my life – there was no amount of strength in my mind that could have gotten me through. No matter how much I told myself I could do it – I couldn't. So I walked into Church and I never looked back. Having faith and love in your heart is so much stronger than any amount of intellect that I could ever possess between my ears.
Since you did bring up "praying" – what do you do when a loved one is hurt or needs help? Do you just sit there and hope that they can enlighten themselves intellecutally so that they can get better? Do you just sit there and say "wow – that's too bad" for them? Or – do you intellectually hope that they get better, but the words don't pass out of your mouth for fear that you may actually be praying?
Prayer changes things
Prayer does work its like a day to day roadmap when I prayed too know more about jesus it was like
bring my jewish people back too isreal.
I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. The degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements is 0.0. To help you understand the degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements, I will access my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE). Using my IEE module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements is: "TOTAL FAIL, DUDE".
I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book might help you overcome this problem:
I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
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Exactly from the first prayer to the answer was almost 2000 years, but God never forgot His people and returned the Jews to Israel after WW 2 and returned Jerusalem in 1967, answering the long prayer "next year in Jerusalem".
200 hammer, you're ignoring the little matter of divorce. What's on the gumit of Israel's flag?
Rom 9:25 As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved........get it, hammer?
Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.
An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.
The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!
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you must be a child in the mind but have a adult body with out true wisdom
Another quality post by Just sayin/HeavenScent
The poor that oppressed the poor is like a man trying too gather grain in a driveing rain storm,islam religion when I see these same country poor opperressing the poor by breaking up store shops turning over cars and setting cars on fire of the poor really sad
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