I long for the day upon which all people realize that enforced conformity is an intrinsic impossibility and that diversity is among other things also a sign of a healthy society. Religion cannot be forced, or it is false, feigned, a failure. Currently it is "the Silly Season" in the United States, with politicians opportunistically blathering their rhetoric and slogans as they pander to the sentiments and prejudices of the public. Among things being said often are words like "values" and "common sense" and "Christian faith." These are pimps who would prostitute the people to the highest bidder in pursuit of personal benefit. Self-proclaimed guardians of morality have a long history of being hypocrites. Religion cannot be legislated. Those who attempt to do so are inwardly insecure in their own religion, and feel threatened by dissent and diversity, afraid that their views are false and that they have given up opportunities in an effort to be faithful to what they believe their religion teaches for nothing but a lie. Here's a thought: if you're so afraid your religion is false, then it might be more Just to allow others to reject that religion. Morality is neither patented to nor dependent on any particular religion or religion in general. I sincerely believe that Gene Roddenberry was a visionary artist and prophet. Among the things he said is this pearl:
“If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life's exciting variety, not something to fear.”
To this I respond:
In Koine Greek, this means "May it become."
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