Coexist, yes - in equality. And that touches issues of mere symbolical inequality as well. It's funny how you rant and rave about atheists being so opposed to religion when what you actually demand is superiority for religion! You're acting like a hypocrite!
Look, I hate
the Christian Right in America more than any other group, but there's no reason to stoop to their level of dickery and complaining. If there was a way to throw a bone to both
groups, then we'd have ourselves a gesture.
I just don't see why this bothers people so much, I'm not a Christian, and it doesn't bother me at all to have a quick moment of silence while some preacher says a few words to people who care, a group that I am not part of. I'll just sit here and think about some random bullshit for a minute or two.
Or perhaps I'm desensitized to it, it's just kind of customary in the military. Someone retires? Chaplain says a few words. Promotion to a very hard to reach rank? Chaplain gets about 60 seconds. Death in the unit? Chaplain. Usually those words are simply that, kind words and well wishing. My old boss retired recently after over 27 years of service, she's an atheist. The chaplain still came up and said a prayer and a few words, and she still thanked him. No, she doesn't believe in God, but she took it as a nice gesture that someone who does
believe in God felt it proper to wish her well on her journey through retired life.
Sentiment people. Who gives a shit what it's dressed up as. Happy holidays? Thanks for wishing me a happy holiday! Merry Christmas? Thanks for the sentiment of wishing that I have a good day on Christmas!
Yes, the ceremony takes too long. I couldn't wait to get that gown off and go get some chow with my friends and family. But complain about having the prayer because it adds unnecessary time to an already drawn out ceremony, not because some preacher is chattering for two minutes and that offends you.
edited 20th May '11 2:28:52 AM by Barkey
The AR-15 is responsible for 95% of all deaths each year. The rest of the deaths are from obesity and drone strikes.