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C. L. Hanson

Thanks, I'm glad you liked my thoughts on Christmas!!! :D

And you are so right about that story about the pledge. It actually brought a tear to my eye. I would have highlighted it myself, but I put up my "carnivals" post before I read it. But I'm saving the link, and I'll highlight it next time I write a "Kids, be a leader," post for the young people. :D

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I liked the parallel universe "More Perspective on the Pledge" piece except I thought the premise was a bit flawed.

Technically, one can choose to be atheist, just as one can choose to be theist. But one can't choose their race.

There's the arguments of "I can't make myself believe in something that I just don't believe in", which, of course are true. Theists can argue the same thing.

And I'm not saying that I support "under God" being in the Pledge. Actually, I went to a protest against it, when Newdow testified in front of the Supreme Court. I just like to point out flaws in arguments, even if it's on my own side. It's the best way to form a good defense.

C. L. Hanson

Re: Technically, one can choose to be atheist, just as one can choose to be theist. But one can't choose their race.

That is not true. There is absolutely no way that I could will myself to believe that God exists, whether I would like to or not. Coincidentally, there's a post on this in the very carnival Greta linked to:

http://spiritualinquiry.com/blog/2007/10/28/why-atheism-or-theism-is-not-a-choice/

C. L. Hanson

I could will myself into the closet -- as the religious right would recommend for gay people -- but will myself to believe? Sorry, impossible.

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