I purchased your book and read your blog "religiously" (so to speak) and I had to chime in on the religion topic.
First of all, I consider myself to be a radical, gun toting atheist.
I think you may be regretting the topic has come up at all, it's one of those things that seldom draws rational responses from anywhere. First of all, the nonsense about "you must have religion to have ethics" is just utter nonsense. One of the most poorly thought out arguments ever conceived. Especially when you consider how many of those who *have* religion have no ethics. Crime rates aren't any higher amongst atheists than theists, etc.
I might suggest an approach for you in handling the blog. It's just a suggestion that you may take or leave.
When people try to drag religion into any debate, you may just want to reply with, "we won't go down the religion road. Bring me science."
In other words, whenever the R word is brought up, come right back (in a friendly way) and ask them to please provide Science instead. Following that path will lead to much more constructive, intelligent and well thought out responses/posts/etc.
Just my friendly advice.
p.s., Get that Ham Radio license yet?
Hi Ray, thanks for your email, you’ve approached the issue respectfully and for that I am thankful. No, no regrets man, I do as my heart says. :-)
As I said on the post, I’m worried that there’s an attack on Christianity and Catholicism in a deliberate attempt to destroy traditional family values. There are of course good people out there that are not either one, that doesn’t change the premise though.
Keep in mind that not everyone totting the “I’m the best Christian ever” mantra actually follows that. Seems there’s more than enough survivalist or otherwise crazy cults out there, specially in USA, and they all claim to be true Christians themselves. That’s why I like Catholicism in spite of all its problems, it sort of gives you a standard of what to expect from people. You go to a supposedly Christian survivalist gathering and you end up finding a weirdo going “yes, we’re all Christian here… and I’m His true prophet…” … ok… and you walk away slowly… :-)
Not even want to get into all the families destroyed by cultist brainwashing, only to pluck them clean of their money and property.
“When people try to drag religion into any debate, you may just want to reply with, "we won't go down the religion road. Bring me science."”
That’s what most bloggers do, or they just don’t allow any form of debate regarding these issues. Even bloggers that claim to be very Christian, they wouldn’t even allow such a discussion to take place, never really break a spear for what they supposedly believe in. (heck, they don’t even allow comments of any kind)
I’m never going to say that, because given what I believe in, it would be cowardly to hide behind that only to stay in a safe spot where I know I’d never “upset” anyone.
The right marketing strategy to get the most readers is to never discuss politics or religion. If you do it you risk losing some readers, but again, that’s just not me.
About politics, we discuss more often and its important to fight socialism and totalitarianism every possible way. If you think it doesn’t affect your life just read the couple older posts about just that and how its affecting schools in Spain.
About religion, it’s the first time in as long as I can remember that we touch this issue, talking about this once a year isn’t exactly a lot. I said everything I had to say, so did the opposing views, so we’re not going to be discussing this again any time soon.
This blog is about survival and preparedness, and that’s what we’ll go back to talking about until I feel discussing others things are relevant again for whatever reason.
As a matter of fact I have like three pages of mails and several other posts that I need to upload.
p.s., Get that Ham Radio license yet?
Ha, there you go already. No, not Ham Radio yet. I did buy a Handheld Scanner (400.000Mhz to 470.000Mhz ) and I like it a lot. I found the local 911 dispatcher, Ministry of Security and a couple local PD. It was nice to listen for a while to all the stuff that never gets shown on TV, but at the same time it got pretty grim after a few days to notice the lack of empathy with which they talked about people that had been shot, corpses they find, and so. I knew the situation was worse than reported, but it does you no good to listen to it all day.
It is a valuable tool though to gather information about what’s going on when the TV channels aren’t reporting the truth. With the new K media law passed, I can see how this will happen soon. Those media channels that aren’t playing along with the K government, they’ll just get censored.