What I am stating is that people, MOST people, need a standard of behavior and ethics to follow and guide them in their lives. Some atheists are capable of structuring their lives without a formal code of behavior and living like decent human beings. Some so-called "Christians" are not.
Most human beings do not fall into the former category. Most human beings require some code of behavior and ethics to guide them and teach them respect for themselves and others. Christianity provides that. So does Judaism, Buddhism and a number of other belief systems - some of them God oriented and some not (Stoicism comes to mind - but most inner city youths and young people today would not read or understand Marcus Aurelius)
Freedom is NOT license and license is where our youth are headed without a system of guidelines and restraints emphasizing self-respect, honor and respect for others, including other living non-human creatures.
posted on 02/19/2004 12:57:00 PM PST
(GOD BLESS SENATOR McCARTHY!!!!)
I understand your point.
My theory is many of these dog fighting cretins lacked a family structure. Much dog figting occurs among gang members, who notoriously come from broken homes and seek a surrogate family in the gang.
posted on 02/19/2004 1:10:05 PM PST
("Owning" property in the US just means you have one less landlord)
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