20th Feb: No Religion Day

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by firestarter, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. firestarter macrumors 603

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    The first organized effort to establish a recognized "No Religion" day on February 20.

    These guys have a web site and Facebook page:

    http://february20.org/
    http://www.facebook.com/february20

    I encourage everyone to take part. I will be! ;)
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Hmmmmmmm

    So those with no religion do this every day, right?
    And now they want everyone to be like them for one day

    Does every religion get their one day in return, where everyone will join in that religion for a day?

    Everybody be a Christian for a day?
    Everybody be a Jew for a day?
    Everybody be a Muslim for a day?

    Or generically, everybody be religious for a day?

    Not sure the non-religious would buy into that any more than people of faith would buy into this

    Seems like a publicity stunt at best
     
  3. Rt&Dzine macrumors 6502a

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    No religious discussions on PRSI as well. :eek:

    Even though I'm an agnostic, I realize that religion is here to stay. That said, have fun on your No Religion Day.
     
  4. skunk macrumors G4

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    Religion is about exclusion, not inclusion.
     
  5. SuperCachetes macrumors 6502a

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    Unfortunately, this is anathema to just about everyone who believes in religion. I am sure there is a "Keep Christ in February 20" movement already in place.

    That said, every day is "No Religion Day" for me and I try to live a full, good, and meaningful life regardless. ;)
     
  6. citizenzen macrumors 65816

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    The true basis for religion is personal revelation or enlightenment.

    And you can't turn that on or off at will.

    So thanks, but no thanks.

    If I become enlightened on February 20th, that's just the way it is.
     
  7. HarryPot macrumors 6502a

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    As far as I know most religions are about converting the most people to their religion.

    How is that exclusion?
     
  8. Sydde macrumors 68020

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    Is "Jew" religious or ethnic?
     
  9. firestarter thread starter macrumors 603

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    Better go for religion, since it means that bacon is OK to eat on 'no religion' day!
     
  10. skunk macrumors G4

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    If it was not about exclusion, nobody would care about conversion.
     
  11. HarryPot macrumors 6502a

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    :confused:

    If I understand you correctly, in your point of view, everything in the world is about exclusion.

    So, even the No Religion Day is about exclusion. Am I right?
     
  12. torbjoern macrumors 65816

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    "Wer Jude ist, bestimme ich!" = "I decide who is a Jew!" (Karl Lueger)

    It's both. So if a Jew converts to Hinduism, he won't be allowed to eat beef nor pork.
     
  13. torbjoern macrumors 65816

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    Enlightened tomorrow? If only I could learn Right Speech in full, I would be thrilled (and so would many others too, I think). :D
     
  14. citizenzen macrumors 65816

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    The Noble Eightfold Path of Buddhism...
    1. Right View
    2. Right Intention
    3. Right Speech
    4. Right Action
    5. Right Livelihood
    6. Right Effort
    7. Right Mindfulness
    8. Right Concentration

    Buddhism is about embodying those values every moment.

    Am I supposed to simply forget about them for 24 hours?
     
  15. 184550 Guest

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    Took the words out of my mouth.
     
  16. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816

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    To be fair, about 97% of Christians are only religious on at best 2 days a week...No flaming either. Everyone here knows what I'm talking about.
     
  17. arkitect macrumors 601

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    2 days?
    I thought there was only one Sunday a week?
    ;)
     
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    Doesn't sound like there's enough room for anything else with that ego. ;)
     
  19. pivo6 macrumors 68000

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    There's a debate in the western Buddhist community whether Buddhism is a religion or not, so you're ok.
     
  20. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    It's a farce to suggest that everyone partaking in religion isn't already showing equal respect to others. Most of the time its the institutions (such as the church itself) that does the discriminating while many in the pews simply disagree. That's how it was in my church when I still attended.
     
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    I think that on "No Religion Day" you're not supposed to forget about them, but you follow them because reason tells you they are the best to follow. And if your reasoning doesn't, you don't follow those implications - which in that case, you're not supposed to do anyway. Even Buddha himself said you shall not do something because someone (anyone, including himself) told you to, unless you're personally convinced that it's right. This is why I have difficulties to see Buddhism as a religion - it doesn't promote blind obedience like the others do. It's more of a philosophy than a religion, and I really like it as such.
     
  22. Sydde macrumors 68020

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    You can be a leftist for a day ;)
     
  23. dscuber9000 macrumors 6502a

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    I like how they picked a Sunday. :D

    The one problem I have with the holiday is that there really isn't any way to celebrate it. If someone really wants to celebrate it by not going to church or whatever, wouldn't they already be nonreligious and not do anything different that day? :p
     
  24. skunk macrumors G4

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    Probably. It's just another hoop to jump through.
     
  25. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68030

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    Although I would love everyday to be no religion day, I have to admit, this sounds like one of the stupidest things I have ever heard (no offensive to the op, I appreciate hearing about it). A Jewish person can't just stop being Kosher for one day just to prove some kind of point that we are all the same. You can't ask anyone to go against their religion for a day, just to try it, for any reason....They simply won't. And I don't blame them. And what would it prove it they did? That they can "sin" for a day like the rest of us godless folk. If you want to start some kind of "we are all the same" (which we simply aren't, btw) day, then do what MacDawg suggested. Wear someone else's shoes for a day. Pray a few times a day (to your god) like the Muslims do. Go to a Jewish sabbath ceremony even though you are a Christian. Then, you can see how the other half (so to speak) lives. Maybe then, we can see how we are all more alike then different. You know, childish and still believing in fairy tales....
     

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