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He would push an activist agenda? Sure, so let's put people who will push a conservative agenda. It's wrong when you do it, but right when I do it? What species of stupidity is this?

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+Elder Lansing Virginia was the capital of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. It went to the Supreme Court to defend its law against inter-racial marriage (Loving v. Virginia, 1967). Virginia's Sen. Harry Byrd was the great champion of Jim Crow and segregation in the 20th Century, blocking and weakening civil rights legislation in the 1940's, 50's and 60's.
What you call progress God calls blasphemy!
+John Crockett But those countries have terrible economies because they suppress women and minorities (and require dictatorial government to do so). Better to live in a dynamic economy and complain about the fairness that makes it dynamic.
+Rick Gary Imposing religion undercuts fairness and liberty; it undercuts individual agency and free speech; it stifles change and progress. You think that somehow Christianity and progress go hand-in-hand, but that is simply not true: it's secularism and progress that go hand-in-hand. Oddly, you would like to see the government out of your schools, but would gladly accept government in your religion? Separation of church and state is the key: mix the two, and we will soon start to become more like the nations that we think we are better than.

Even if you continue reading only that one book that +John Crockett (and I) think you do, that book, at least the new part of it condones breaking with established interpretations and custom, and seems to promote a much more personal view of religion. Reading other books is a good idea, but pay more attention when reading the book that you put so much stock in: there are so many interpretations possible. This is true of any spiritual text you can think of.

Lastly, I leave you with a quote from Ayn Rand: “ When personal judgment is inoperative (or forbidden), men's first concern is not how to choose, but how to justify their choice ”.
And +Rick Gary, may I add: when men are forced to justify choices that are imposed, their logic becomes perverted. Think about it: would a population inured to such a habit of thinking be capable of the technological progress (never mind social progress) we have seen in the last 100 years?

I'll agree that all change is not good; but it's not all bad. But note that we need change, and that nothing on this Earth - nothing - is forever, nor should it ever allowed to be.
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