Aron Ra: Regarding the Most Hated Woman in America

In Canada, we are now debating the proposed legislation in Quebec on the restriction of in-your-face religious symbols in government owned spaces.

I am on record with my unease in permitting a government – any government – in legislating how sovereign citizens may or may not dress…while at the same time, I am also on record with my reservations about permitting individuals who are acting as ‘agents of the state’ to display overt religious symbols as we, as a country of immigrants, are bound to have some citizens who have come to Canada to escape the oppression of every single religious group ‘out there’…..and if an agent of the state, WHILE acting as the agent of the state, displays that religion’s symbols, the individual citizen will have been, in my never-humble-opinion, alienated at best and oppressed by the state at worst.

I have never claimed that I know where the balance lies!!!

Indeed, I do not.

Yet, I do think it is essential that we have this discussion honestly, without the fears that Cultural Marxism with its doctrine of ‘political correctness’ and the fear to speak honestly about our own desires and fears – so that our fellow citizens can honestly understand them, however irrational they may be – can happen.  Only when we understand this can we go back to the first principles (self ownership) and reason out the least harmful solution…our fellow citizens deserve nothing less than that!

The following video offers a bit of that – much less than that in some respects, much more in others.  I think it brings some factors to this discussion that we all ought to keep in mind when we consider the wider implication of any legislation which would seek to define what the boundaries of the outward expressions of one’s religious faith ought to be:

Reason TV’s Nanny of the month – July 2012

 

ReasonTV’s ‘Nanny of the Month’ award for June 2012

 

Thunderf00t: OVER 30 PERCENT OF US NOW NON-RELIGIOUS!!

 

Reason TV: An Atheist Billboard in Brooklyn

This reminds me…

Five or six years ago, when we were checking out the high-schools in our area for the right one to send our older son to, we visited a number of the ‘best’ schools in our area.  All the schools were trying to get as many of the ‘gifted’ kids to go there as possible, so on these visits, we were given the red carpet treatment…

I always checked out the library:  the natural environment for an Aspie…

In one of these schools (the one whose formal presentation was most adamant that they are inclusive and do not tolerate any ‘cliques’), in the ‘religion’ section of the library, I found a surprisingly wide range of Christian literature.  Not only did they have the books on the most common Christian denominations, they even had books representing Gnostic Christianity and even saw one on the Russian Orthodox faith.  I was impressed.

Soon, however, I was struck by the fact that though the variety of Christianity represented in the ‘theology’ section was commendable, there were absolutely no books on other faiths.  Not one!

I did what any other person would do:  I asked the librarian where books on Islam, Judaism, Shintoism, Buddhism, Hinduism and so on were.  With a smile, she directed me to the ‘mythology’ section…

Yes, ‘mythology’.

I could not stop laughing!

This just goes to show you:  even theists are perfectly capable of seeing that ‘religious beliefs’ are nothing more than a collection of myths.  It is perfectly obvious to them – all of them…

…with the tiny exception of their own religion…

AronRa: Reasonable Faith?!

 

Thunderf00t’s thought experiment