Originally Posted by Steve Eisenberg
Thank God that sentiment such as in the OP is more prevalent in this country than the idea that other people's religious books are sickening.
Actually, Steve, I do NOT thank God for the sentiment expressed by Magdalene's friend. I do not think that it is a good idea to tell people that all the truth and knowledge in the world is found in the Bible. I am increasingly troubled by the nominal Christians who embrace the Bible as the sole truth of the world, becoming hostile to knowledge and science developed after the Bible was written. I am worried about the neocons who embrace the prosperity gospel ("if you are pleasing to God, He will make you rich") and who hate and wish to crush the poor, the elderly, the sick and the disabled as a result--after all, if they were pleasing to God, they wouldn't BE poor or sick! I'm scared of the Christian conservatives who cheered for sick people to die at a recent Rick Perry rally. I shudder at the fundamentalist and evangelical politicians--some of whom are presidential hopefuls--who blithely speak of the world being in "End Times" or "the Last Days" and who consequently see no reason to make any long-term plans that might make life any better. And I am desperately afraid of the well-intentioned, zealous fools who want to turn America into a theocracy in which the Ten Commandments, not the Constitution, would be the supreme law of the land.
The OP quotes a lovely daydream of her friend--if everyone just read the Bible, suddenly everything would be nice. Frankly, I would rather that everyone just tried to be kind, respectful and compassionate to each other--REGARDLESS OF RELIGION, SOCIOECONOMIC CLASS, HEALTH, RACE, COLOR, SEX, SEXUALITY OR DISABILITY. That strikes me as far, far more moral than the OP's friend's suggestion.