I'm really amazed when people who have no religion are so quick to point out what is right? And the vitriol behind it!
Really...in the cosmic reality of things, in an imagined universe where everything is just random bits floating around, what would it matter we invented the Death Star and just started vaporizing the entire galaxy? Nothing! No right, no wrong. If I extinguish my spark or yours, it doesn't matter. Nothing matters. We live for cosmically brief period of time, and then nothing.
Really, why do you care? Just to save this giant orb (cosmically puny) of random bits? For what? Not for humans if 99+ percent of people are gone.
I watched Avatar...and I can really see how unthinking yet proclaiming to be logical people can be sucked right into the mysticism and religion that they built there and somehow imagine that that could be earth.
No vitriol. Your personal beliefs are no problem to me. But:
* Keep religion in your own house.
* Don't bring it into politics and the work environment.
* Don't knock on my door trying to save me.
* Respect the other beliefs (other religions, atheists, agnostics)
* Basically, don't impose it on others (burka, kirpan, crosses in public schools, etc)
Why do I "care" ? My own reasons.
Surprise surprise, non religious people do not kill others or do not behave in an egoistical fashion any more than religious ones do.
Some good statistics, from Texas incarceration rates: (seems to me like religion does not make one "care" more ;))
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, 1999
Source: Peggy Fikac. "More prison inmates say they're Baptist than any other religion." Associated Press (The Abilene Reporter-News)
Baptist 39,781 30.3%
Unknown* 28,890 22.0% <---- classified functionally in the "nonreligious" category.
Catholic 23,637 18.0%
Other 39,009 29.7% <--- Christian Church, Methodist, Church of Christ, Pentecostal, Muslim, Protestant, Jewish, non-denominational, no religious preference and other."
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Total 131,316 100.0%
* Unknown: "22 percent are categorized as 'unknown,' representing inmates who didn't say or didn't care when asked for their religious denomination." Most of these would be classified functionally in the "nonreligious" category.
* Other: "The rest of the inmates are divided among the categories of Christian Church, Methodist, Church of Christ, Pentecostal, Muslim, Protestant, Jewish, non-denominational, no religious preference and other."
You talk about openness, yet most closed-minded people that I've talked to are the religious ones that cannot entertain the thought that there are other beliefs out there.