"Blessed are the forgetful; for they get the better even of their blunders." Friedrich Nietzsche
Some religious groups are more liberal than others- Non-orthadox Jews and many Catholics (the current Pope included) say that god made science so god uses science, et cetera. It's really the fundamentalists that are the very worst.
I love my dog and I love my team, I roller derby with the Chicago Outfit. I enjoy bike riding and outdoors activities as well as cuddles and movies.
So I answer from the non believer,
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I think there is an overall war on a family unit (political and economic reasons)which organized religion promotes. The churches, in majority, are still less inclusive of gender binary folks and homosexuals and it takes discipline and effort to partake which many lack. Although I am very much an atheist, I believe that there is much use for this oldest form of governance to exist to keep some folks morally in line and accountable. Ideally our education system will be reformed to promote critical thinking and the government seizes to be fear-mongoers, but I don't see this trend at the moment so organized religion can serve as somewhat of a moral compass in this chaotic world.
I'm not a sinner. I'm a human being. I make mistakes just like everyone else. When I do, I try my best to make it right with the person I harmed. I do my best to live ethically, and give respect and credit where due. I don't blame an imaginary devil for my own shortcomings, and I don't praise an imaginary god for hard work of real people. I have a life of meaning full of meaning and beauty and love. I do not fear death. I'm grateful for the time I have and the knowledge that this life matters because it is the only life I will ever experience.
I love this anology. It will serve as a reminder.