Received: by alpheratz.cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk id XAA26166 (8.6.9/5.3[ref firstname.lastname@example.org] for cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk from email@example.com); Thu, 23 May 2002 23:26:39 +0100 User-Agent: Microsoft-Entourage/9.0.2509 Date: Thu, 23 May 2002 23:17:45 +0100 Subject: Re: pls direct me to a memetics list <eom> From: Steve Drew <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: <email@example.com> Message-ID: <B913219E.3E2firstname.lastname@example.org> In-Reply-To: <200205222130.WAA24265@alpheratz.cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk> Content-type: text/plain; charset="US-ASCII" Content-transfer-encoding: 7bit Sender: email@example.com Precedence: bulk Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> From: "Wade T.Smith" <email@example.com>
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> On Tuesday, May 21, 2002, at 04:28 , Steve Drew wrote:
>> the USA as a whole being more comfortable with
>> public displays of religion.
> I got the feeling we were seen like that, as well. I certainly am not
> comfortable with public displays of any belief.
It may be because the media we get outside the US is mainly the politicians
etc, who to me at least seem to use it as a tool in their dealings with the
US public. Also, not take anything away from the tragedy of 9/11, that also
prompted a lot of religious sentiment in the media etc.
> I do think one reason Gore is not president is because of his running
> mate's insistence upon public display of his faith. No-one likes things
> forced upon them. And, IMHO, it's not that Bush was given the election
> by any chicanery, it's that Gore just plain lost it.
> Public piousness is not regarded as admirable by New Englanders, for
> sure. One surety of our constitution was no persecution because of
> religion. There is nothing that demands religiousity, and nothing that
> forbids it, as long as it and the state don't mix.
Except of course that the religious don't stop trying :-)
> That homogeneity has been historically shown to be dangerous. Of course,
> unless one studies history....
Homogeneity is dangerous for many species, regardless of history.
> So why does it say In God We Trust on our money?
> Don't ask me, I barely have any and who is left to trust?
> - - Wade
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