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This article was written by an idiot. You do not need to be religious to be moral and I can make a concrete argument that belief in a supernatural deity can make/allow a person to commit immoral acts because they believe that their preferred religious deity commanded them to do such.
I am a humanist who embraces the ethic of reciprocity w/o the need of a god.
I like to decorate with Voodoo Veve's and Quija Boards, Bones, Broken Doll Heads, Crosses, Shrunken Heads, and the like....It doesnt encourage visitors to stay long. :)
OMGosh!!! I am Catholic. Could you please at least get it straight why we use Holy Water??? It has absolutely nothing to do with the ridiculous reason in the article... Catholics use Holy Water as a reminder of their Baptism and the Baptismal promises made. They dip their finders (not the whole hand) into the font and bless themselves with the sign of the Cross...
Catholic churches have holy water fonts , typically of running/"living" water, for us to trace the sign of the cross (forehead=Father, chest/heart Son/Jesus, and Holy Spirit (left then rigfht shoulder). Home fonts have fallen away in this culture as have many Catholics who do not know that we are Catholic Christians-yes we are Christians, much to the disbelief of some. We are One (united), Holy (as much as any human can try to be), catholic (Note: lower case "c"=universal-look it up), and Apostolic (originating from St. Peter and the original 12 Apostles and their teachings of the Gospel) church with Jesus Christ as our Head; we are the Body of Christ. No one believes it has magical powers (maybe certain older folks and under catechised individuals) like in certain films, but we do this gesture to remind ourselves of our Baptism into Christ and his Church. No hocus-pocus.Pure faith. I thought journalists have "fact-checkers", no?
I have no trouble with an honest Atheist who can allow for other schools of thought in conflict with his or her lack of belief in the sourse of all life and creation. Either there is nothing when we die and Carl Sagen and his buddies will all be standing around making faces and saying "We told you so!" OR there's a incredible party and life without pain, suffering and pure jouyous love for all from the Architect of Life and his beloved children...us! Just one question; what do Atheists do without cash in the US? Burn all your money that says, "In God We Trust"? Cool, send it to me. I know many charities that could use it to help feed the poor. I will pray for you. Peace.