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Re: [existlist] Religions, the seed of their own Destruction.

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  • grimsley01@cox.net
    Dear Mr. Moderator: got on this list by mistake but am unable to unsubcribe. Can you help? Thanks....
    Message 1 of 3 , Mar 1, 2009
      Dear Mr. Moderator: got on this list by mistake but am unable to unsubcribe. Can you help? Thanks....
      ---- Exist List Moderator <existlist1@...> wrote:
      > On Mar 01, 2009, at 8:45, vjsimms73 wrote:
      >
      > > BUT, with regard to the plain obvious fact that the USA is the most
      > > brainwashed and fundamentalist nation on earth, whilst also being the
      > > place of most of the worlds real intelligence and activity right
      > > now...
      >
      > I was cleansing my inbox when I read this. Either incredibly
      > hyperbolic or ignorant.
      >
      > First, while of the "industrialized" nations we have the greatest
      > number reporting a belief in a supernatural creator / creators, we
      > also have a great deal of diversity of religion and non-religion.
      > While 75 percent of U.S. residents list "Christian" as their faith,
      > only 20 percent of those believe the Bible is the literal word of a
      > Creator. We also are approaching 15 percent of the population now
      > declared "secular/agnostic" and 2 percent "atheist" (a larger
      > percentage than Jews in the U.S., at 1.25 percent).
      >
      > Compare this to Islamic nations, where you find a much higher
      > percentage believe the Q'ran is the literal, flawless, dictates of a
      > Creator. The last number I read approached nearly 70 percent in many
      > of these nations. That is, by definition, fundamentalism.
      >
      > As for intellectualism, I would also suggest that, per capita, there
      > are more university graduates in the humanities in several European
      > nations. We begin with more students, but have a much lower four-year
      > completion rate.
      >
      > http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=10045
      >
      > In archaeology, history, and mathematics, the Germans still lead. In
      > applied engineering, the Japanese have made great strides. My own
      > research draws heavily from Norway and Finland, where computer
      > modeling and neurology have benefited from nationalized health
      > databases. (Yes, let the conspiracy begin about databases.) The
      > British remain leaders in Analytic Philosophy, while the French are
      > dominant in general philosophy -- Henri-Levy definitely comes to mind.
      >
      > The United States is an amalgam. We draw immigrants with great
      > educations (and H1B visas) and put them to work. Immigrants are
      > responsible for companies like Intel, Google, and we cannot forget
      > Linus Torvalds and Linux.
      >
      > A nation is made better by borrowing the best ideas of others. That's
      > one of our strengths. It's also what alleviates some concerns. We are
      > forever evolving. Minnesota, once about as white as white gets now has
      > more than 30,000 North African immigrants in Minneapolis. We have a
      > Muslim representative in Congress. Things change.
      >
      > Are some in the U.S. religious and easily led? Sure. But that does not
      > make us the worst example of this on the planet. I can think of many
      > places where people I know would be stoned to death simply for being
      > who they are.
      >
      >
      > - C. S. Wyatt
      > I am what I am at this moment, not what I was and certainly not all
      > that I shall be.
      > http://www.tameri.com - Tameri Guide for Writers
      > http://www.tameri.com/csw/exist - The Existential Primer
      >
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