What is an ideal, it is based on the battling cousins of idealism and pragmatism, or their bastard stepchild of realism? Is it based solely on the moronic wants of absolute authority, or the hardships of liberty and a respect for even that which you may oppose on a moral level? If liberty were predicated on a premise of freedom only for those who are like you then that would not be liberty at all. That would at its very base be tyranny, the wishing to dominate, oppress and decimate any who does not fit your simple idea of deserving of said freedom.
I was asked a questions regarding some of my atheist pieces, some of my socialism pieces and some of my liberties for homosexual pieces, in this piece I shall address the few questions that I have received and shall say now that any and all writing in this, regarding the answers are speaking only from my perspective and I do not speak for all atheist, all leftists and so on.
To get this out of the way, if you have read my previous pieces you will already know this, I am an atheist, I am a liberal, I am a progressive, and I am a democratic socialist [does not mean democrat] so all of my views are predicated on the premises of my ideas, and ideals surrounding these simple words with subjective meanings and if you wish to learn my views on them my album I believe has everything that you will need.
"Hello Mr. Eranatos, I see you are a proponent of gay rights. I do not believe they should have the right to get married but my question is, do you believe, if the law says that they are allowed to marry that they should be able to sue churches who will not marry them?"
No! I have spoken with many of my friends on this issue and many of them disagree with me, but so be it. I believe that gays should be able to get married, if they find a church willing to marry them, great, more power to them but if a church will not marry them for either religious beliefs, or their personal views on homosexuality and so on I do not believe that the homosexual couple should be able to sue the church. The church should have some say on who they will marry.
I will say that public officials are another matter, public officials are to adhere to the law, so if they do go to a court to get married or the state building and the people there will not marry them, as a whole, even though the state/national law states that gays may marry then I believe they should file a formal complaint regarding this.
Yet when it comes to churches, I believe religious institutions do have the right to not be forced to marry any people, especially if they personally do not agree with it. I personally live in NYC, and know several priests, preachers and other religious people that said since New York legalized gay marriage months ago that they will personally have no problem with marrying homosexual couples. I believe this is how it should be, if a priest/preacher/rabbi/Imam and so on are willing to marry the couple, then great, if not then .. that is their choice.
Then stands to reason why would you want to get married in a church that does not want you anyway?
So to answer your question in a short answer, no, and I am also glad people in both the Democrat and Republican party realized this and in the bill that legalized gay marriage in New York, there was an earmark which said what the law already was regarding churches that churches will not be forced to marry nor can they be sued if they will refuse to marry a gay couple.
"I read your Gandhi's Christ quote and you said "As an atheist, speaking only for me and some I have known. We don't care who you worship, be it Christ, Allah" yet every time I turn on Fox I see atheists attacking Christians for their beliefs and will say that you either lied on that part or just do not care, turn a blind eye when your fellow atheist do something"
With all due respect dear sir, while I do not mean to disrespect you yet Fox News is a biased conservative station which turns any proponent of the separation of church and state to an anti-Christian story.
When it comes to my personal beliefs, and all of the atheists that I know personally, if you wish to worship Christ, Allah, Yahweh, Buddha and whatever, more power to you, though for me there is a difference between attacking Christianity and not allowing it to reign supreme.
When I see a story about nativity scenes and so on in public grounds, generally paid for by tax dollars and atheists who happen to be tax payers not wishing for these type of things on public property, I do not see this as an attack on Christianity since I personally would not care if it had to do with Christianity, Islam, Judaism or whatever, I do not think there should be a preference with respect to faiths.
Now here is where I may break off with many atheists, if say a public government wished to allow the citizens to do something across the street, that showed off all faiths and allowed the nonreligious people to also leave artwork, and so on regardless if it is a holiday or not I would support as the group actually trying to be inclusive and represent all of their constituents. Yet when I see preference being given to one religion, Christianity, and any challenge to this being seen as anti-Christian I personally do not follow the logic.
Such as atheists are blamed for prayer being taken out of the school, when one of the original and the case that started much of it was not an atheist but in fact the girl and her father were Jehovah's witnesses and as such they are not allowed to pledge allegiance to anything except god so that violated her personal beliefs and as such that got the ball rolling.
So for me, I do not see it as an attack on Christianity when one wishes for state and religion, particularly its alignment with one religion to remain separate. But as stated, I can only speak for me, not all atheist.
"Why are all you leftist such Muslim apologists"
Do dear madam show me where I have been a Muslim apologist?
If by apologist you mean I will not automatically assume that because one is Muslim that they are bad, if by apologist you mean I will not automatically assume that if you are a Muslim that means you hate me right off the back.
As an atheist that means I do not believe in the deity, pass that there is no set code for how an atheist should or must conduct themselves.
I have traveled to many places, many places where the religion were predominately Muslim and have met some of the most humbling, simple and I mean this in a good way, that I have ever seen.
I know you may ask me how can I mean simple in a good way, well when traveling around America and many western countries we tend to lose that all important human connection behind our technology. We value material possessions far too much. I have traveled to places where the importance of a face to face conversation is cherished, where the simple act of giving and showing just kindness to a traveler [me] was not lost
So I do not smear all Muslims as bad for my traveled have shown me otherwise. Have I seen some fundamentalist Muslims who said they hated gays, think atheists/nonbelievers should be killed and so on, of course, I would be lying if I said I have not. Yet with nearly 2 billion people on earth who claim Islam as their faith, what service am I doing to them, or myself to be prejudice against them. Nearly 2 billion Muslims and the vast majority of them are not extremists or hate me or you for idiotic reasons as we are America, and so on
As well I may be a bit bias as I come from a family with many Muslims, and people of all faiths. Many of my Muslim families are in the military, two have died defending this country and I am to think badly of them for defending my very freedom of being able to write this openly without fear nor worry?
"You say you are for equality of all people, yet when I asked you about Muslim women praying in the back of Mosques rather than with the men you said you were okay with this, I do not see how you can be for equality if you believe a woman's place is behind the man"
With all due respect dear sir you are reading far too much into it, if you would have asked me why I have no problem with this rather than assuming that it is because I believe a woman's place is behind a man then I would have told you.
I too used to be against this completely, saying that A WOMAN SHOULD BE MIXED IN WITH THE MEN!! Yet I have spoken with a few Imams and their reasoning for this and their understanding of this made me change my view on this.
According to them the reason that women are to be behind the man is not because they are inferior but it is to protect their modesty. A Mosque is a place of worship and it allows both sexes to be able to commune with their god without temptation or worry. For the men to have women in front of them bending over as they are trying to pray may be a bit of a distraction and lustful thoughts may go through the minds of the men when at a time their mind is to be pure.
For women, it is for their modesty so when they are praying to Allah they do not have to worry about bending over and being checked out by the dozens of men that may be behind them
also allowing them to keep a pure mind free from worry while praying.
Now, I know many of my atheist friends, and some of my Christian friends have disagreed with me greatly that oh they should all be mixed up no matter what! For me, I do not take this view.
As stated at the beginning I will ONLY be speaking for myself and as such if you take a different view, or have a different opinion than that of course is your choice and you are more than welcomed to it.
"I do not mean to imply this, but many of your pieces I like much are about gays, are you gay or
No, I am not gay. I am a happily heterosexual man. Social issues tend to be what grazes my psyche most and today, especially in America gays are seen as one of the those things that gets the butts of the conservatives the most angry. For me as one of those liberal, progressive, democratic socialist I believe we all are entitled to the same laws, if heterosexual couples can marry and have it recognized nationally, I believe gays also should be able to marry. If heterosexuals are allowed to adopt, then I also believe that homosexuals should be able to and so on.
I have seen no non-biased evidence that being raised by gays makes any drastic changes to a child's psyche in a negative way.
As far as sexuality goes, I am quite secure in mine. My two best friends are gay males, and perhaps this is also why it is a main focus of my interest; Seeing those around me not able to do the same things that I would not do on a bet, with respect to marriage. I do not ever plan on being married, my grandparents made it over 50 years and as my grandfather side, "why ruin a good thing with something stupid like marriage"
and I fully agree with that statement.
I do not know what else to say regarding this and so this will be one of my shorter answers, if you would like to pose a follow up question that would require a more in depth answer I would be happy to answer it
I always wondered what was your racial make-up, you never elude much to it and so I would like to know
Well in that department I am pretty much a mutt, while I know there are others my main mixtures are Black, Russian, German, Irish, Native American [Cherokee] and Jewish
yet the American in me only speaks English [cheap joke] as I go further into my lineage I do know there are other mixtures in my direct line but these are the more hm abundant races of my lineage so these are often what I claim the most
But I rarely speak of my race because to me it doesn't matter, I would much rather they judge and know me only by who I am as a person than by what races and what family members in history just happen to choose to get together, have sex and procreate
I know many atheists who will never date someone who believes in god, would you?
Those who have read through my old pieces know that I have only been in one relationship and that was to a Catholic. For me I do not care if the woman I am interesting in believes in god or not as long as she is not a bigoted person. Since I doubt many on list have read it, here is the piece I have posted that I wrote the day after she died [but posted on here years later] she died on December 25th 2007.
So yes, to answer your question yes I would certainly date someone who is a believer in god. As long as he can peak my interest mentally, keep up with sexually, have similar views about life and love. SHE MUST BE ABLE TO CHALLENGE ME ON AN INTELLIGENCE LEVEL, there is nothing more appealing than me than an intelligent woman, who is not ignorant on social and political issues and who knows what she is speaking about. That for me is a major turn on
There is the piece...
What does the future have in store for you?
This was one of the more interesting questions that I have gotten. Anyone who knows me knows my passion is politics, social and national issues more importantly. I have volunteered at several political events in the past, I donate my time to many places that help the lesser well off and so on.
So what does the future hold for me, in the immediate future I wish to go to some university and study political science, political philosophy, economics, constitutional law and a few more; now you might say how can you do all of that, well I do not expect it to be done overnight, I can go to school and still be quite active in local politics and at the most I would enjoy running for office, at the very least I would settle for backing and supporting those who support my ideas, and perhaps being on a cabinet position somewhere.
As a realist I do know that being someone who is an atheist, who will not disavow I am a liberal, progressive and democratic socialist, as well as being unmarried so do know attaining political office will not be an easy one. I only know of one atheist in congress and that is Pete Stark, I only know of one Democratic Socialist and that is Bernie Sanders
though perhaps in the coming decades people will vote more on the person's values and principles and not simply them being unmarried, childless and so on
A few friends and I also give money and donate time to many charities and we do plan to turn it into an official charity so that we may do more in more places to help the lesser well off and this is also a focal point in my future.
I do plan to go to Africa and spend about a year there in 2013, so all of this will begin in 2012, and then I plan to take a year off
yet many of the things I wish to study which generally can be done with two years of study for a basic degree can be gotten in a year if I am willing to put in all of the extra hours, spend less time online and so on to get my assignments done much quicker so that I may move through the course faster, and perhaps some online classes while I am in Africa
so only time will tell.
Okay, I believe this were the most hm relevant questions that I have been asked in the past week, if I answered your question you will be linked to this and .. then you will have your answer.
Good day, dear comrades.