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January 21st, 2007
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Circumcision in Real Life and in Slash

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From:heavensqueen
Date:January 22nd, 2007 03:01 am (UTC)
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Anyway, I find it interesting that you are an atheist but deem other people's choices on circumcision "acceptable" only if their religious beliefs are to your mind "real" enough. Does that seem as strange to you as it does to me :-)? It's kind of like someone who eats meat commenting on whether or not vegetarians should eat milk and eggs or just be vegan, yk?

I'm an atheist, but I'm not running around telling people to stop believe if they do. (Same with meat, I eat it, but I don't tell vegetariens or vegans that they have too - but no matter if vegan/vegetarien/member of any church I expect them to respect my choice also and not try to get me into church/ away from my steak)

As for really believe in religion:
I have grown up in a family that did not really believe in god but went to church twice a year - christmas & easter - just to be on the safe side of hell. (Why they believe in hell but not in heaven, don't ask me, I don't know), and here in Germany this seems like a lot of people handle it.
There I can't see why people who only think about religion/prayer/god twice a year feel that they have to perform any religion-ritual on a baby for the sake of the ritual rather then the meaning behind it
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From:mofic
Date:January 22nd, 2007 12:12 pm (UTC)
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I think you misunderstand me. Perhaps I wasn't clear.

I find it strange that a soi disant atheist would judge how a person should practice a religion or what s/he should have to believe to be "acceptable" in the practice of religious rituals. I don't expect atheists to determine what belief system for religions they don't subscribe to is sufficient to make religious practices acceptable. To me it seems much like someone who eats meat telling a vegetarian what the right and wrong way to be a vegetarian is.

At any rate, Judaism is for many people as much or more tribal and ethnic as it is religious.

Thanks for dropping in.
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