Change the references to church, god, etc and you've got a standard school expulsion letter.
And that would be why I don't agree with organized religion. I have no problem with peoples faith but stuff like this and Koran burning lunatics makes my blood boil.
More evidence that organised religion has lost sight of the forest for the trees.
Media, religion, politics: it's all BS. Live your life the way you want to and keep your head down. It's the only way to stay sane.
All religions have the same basic rules, don't commit adultery or steal or murder people, if i follow them ill hopefully be halfway there :)
Infact the only organized religion I respect is Buddhism, never hear a peep out of those chilled out people :P
buddhism is more about teachings, and you living your life how you feel is right. there isn't really a "do's and dont's" as such, no commandments and specific ways of living your life. its sort of more about making you aware of how you live your life and those of others than just saying "dont kill, its bad and god will hate you"
Way forward I think :)
My personal opinion is that you don't need any kind of religion to be a good person; you just have to be a good person. If you're not, you're not. End of. Deal with the consequences. If you are, stop worrying, even if there is a higher being (which I don't personally believe there is, at least not in the religious sense of the word; who knows what else is 'out there'?) so long as you don't go around ruining other peoples lives then what harm have you done?
My favourite question to pose to the religious types is: if I can be a good human being without promise of reward or threat of punishment, but you believe that it's impossible to hold good morals without the promise of Heaven or threat of Hell, who is the better person?
The pagan parties are awesome.
I don't understand your comment really. There is a massive body of evidence now that exists which shows that organised religion has issues. Catholicism with its paedophiles, dislike of women in religion, anti-homosexuality, anti-contraceptives. Islam with its inherent dislike of any other religions, leading to extremism, and the belief by a good number of Muslims that non-Muslims are sub-human. Orthodox Judaism leading to the extreme problems in Israel. The list could go on for pages.
The entire point of religion is to guide people to lead good, moral, lives in an effort (in most such religions) to get to 'heaven' or similar. How does focussing on specific lines of a book (in this case) to threaten a person with expulsion and public humiliation? Where's the forgiveness? The loving one's neighbour?
As I said, lost sight of the forest for the trees.