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Nones be warned…

Nones be warned…

Religious sects that seek to control/hijack a political party…or interfere in public governance…do not respect religious freedoms for all…or freedom from religious interference…for all those who desire that right…

Every moral and prudent person…religious or not…should oppose them at every election…at every level…

They enter politics…to seek an advantage for their religious sect…over all others…and especially over those with no religious affiliation…

2018 Report…State of the Secular States…

2018 Report…State of the Secular States…:

“We  are  pleased…to  announce  our  inaugural  State  of  the  Secular  States  report  for  2018,  a  comprehensive  evaluation  of  statewide  laws  and  policies  affecting  the  separation  of  religion  and  government  in  each  state  as  well  as  the  District  of  Columbia.

This  report  examines  both  positive  and  negative  state  laws  and  policies  in  four  broad  areas—state  constitutional  protections,  schools  and  youth,  health  care  and  wellness,  and  special  privileges for religion—assessing over 30 related law and policy measures. ..

The State of the Secular States report will be a powerful tool for advocates and for lawmakers. It will allow us to set benchmarks regarding the current status of

religious equality in each state, to better understand those  provisions  already  in  the  law  which  compromise the separation of religion and government, and to set goals for advocacy to protect religious liberty for everyone.

We hope this report raises awareness about how state law impacts religious equality and helps foster a broader understanding of the types of state laws and policies which should concern atheists and secularists…”

Summary…https://www.atheists.org/states/

Full report…https://www.atheists.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/2018-State-of-the-Secular-States.pdf

What steps would it take…to turn a racist……

What steps would it take…to turn a racist…into someone who can empathize with the common humanity…in “others”…:

Peoples actions and views…are based on the stories we adopt, and tell ourselves… Fundamental change…requires relinquishing…fundamentalist/religious/racist* stories…and swapping them with a humanistic outlook…

“Phil, a Florida born father of two, claims he is not racist but openly admits the U.S has an “immigration problem”…He also admits he has always been “more biased towards white people…

Derren
and his team have constructed a scenario in which Phil is faced with
the decision to risk his life to save an illegal immigrant from a gang
of bikers….”

Watch the promo/read the reviews…on https://www.newsweek.com/derren-brown-america-ready-sacrifice-1137273 and  https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/1033016/Derren-Brown-Sacrifice-Netflix-release-date-cast-trailer-plot

* also religious/misogynistic stories…

Mary, Mother of tenderness who is always near,…

Mary, Mother of tenderness who is always near, teach us how to live and have faith.

You are living in the day your ancestors dream…

You are living in the day your ancestors dreamed about. They went through too much for you to get stuck where you are. They sacrificed too greatly for you to give up on what God put in your heart.

Still today there are so many martyrs, so many…

Still today there are so many martyrs, so many who are persecuted for the love of Christ. They are the real strength of the Church!

A bad Buddhist who entrusts to Amida

A bad Buddhist who entrusts to Amida:

Some time ago I was in correspondence with a drug addict who showed great interest in the Jodo Shinshu teaching. He had a hard time trying again and again to give up taking drugs but he always returned to his bad habit. More than this, he was afraid that he cannot be saved by Amida as he is.

I said to him:
Just entrust to Amida Buddha as you are. If you can abstain, and is useful to try, this would be good for your health, but if you cannot, don’t worry. Jodo Shinshu is especially for people who cannot abstain, who are incapable of any practice, for those that any advice or any treatment is useless, for people whose minds are too sick to recover from their problems, anxieties, and deviations. Its not that they especially want to be like this, but their habitual karma is too strong for them to overcome. After many years and even many lives of taking the drugs of ignorance and blind passions how can one think and act like a normal person? How can one practice Buddhism and become a Buddha by himself?

I met many times with alcoholics  and told them the same if they asked me questions on Buddhism. If you tried and cannot give up, then be an alcoholic who entrusts to Amida. Be an alcoholic or drug addict nembutsu follower.  Be a bad Buddhist who entrusts to Amida.

Jodo Shinshu is the path for sick people, for those without hope. Its the path for alcoholics, drug addicts, and all kind of people with strong attachments. All are equally accepted by the Compassion and Primal Vow of Amida Buddha. So please, come as you are.  Your salvation is in Amida’s hands, not yours.

You can try to cure yourself of any addiction you have, but do NOT postpone taking refuge in Amida Buddha until you become ready, or clean or worthy…  You are saved not because you “deserve”, but because Amida loves you unconditionally.

Namo Amida Butsu

Let Amida Buddha’s love open the door to your …

Let Amida Buddha’s love open the door to your heart.

People may have written you off, but God doesn…

People may have written you off, but God doesn’t write you off. When you hear those voices telling you that you’ve blown it, you missed your chance, that means you’re listening to the wrong voices.