I'm starting this thread not to be offensive, but to make an observation and ask a question. After having many discussions on the subject, it's becoming very clear to me that some religious people, and many Republicans simply do not want to live in a pluralistic society. Everyone should be the same and have the same thoughts, ideas, live by the same rules, etc. Dissent, it seems, is wrong, bad and should be discouraged. I would seriously like someone to explain to me why everyone should not have an equal voice- why everyone should live according to certain people's narrow views of Christianity, George Bush's view on the war, etc. I, for one, will never shut up. This country was started by people who wished to escape religious persecution. They put certain safeguards into the constitution to keep this from happening again. Now it seems, some people want that to disappear. Why? Is this the land of the free or not?