Right, so we'd better just take Moses' word for that, hadn't we?saintsebastian wrote:Moses then set himself about the task of writing the beginning of what is currently named "The Bible".
"Hey guys! You'll never BELIEVE who I just had a chat with!"
"GOD! No, really, for serious! And he told me this way cool story, I'm gonna write all this down before I forget it..."
And fair enough, you caught me. I haven't read the bible cover-to-cover. I don't need to have read it, however, to reject the idea that supernatural deities exist.
As to the OT, since we've been hijacked (again, and I'm partly to blame,) I am not at all sure what I feel about overtly religious dress. A part of me feels sad whenever I see someone wearing a burkha, or even the Jewish head thing, whatever it's called, because I feel that they are bound or restricted somehow by it. I am not personally offended by it, in the same way that I'm not offended by someone wearing a crucifix around their neck, but with all the immigration we have seen in the last ten years, the incidence of much more ostentatious dress within the general population has increased, and I suppose I still get a slight shock when I see it. That said, we all see priests and nuns all the time, so I suppose my shock is more "Oh, that's different" than "Ugh, religious dress".
We, as a society, have a much bigger problem, though, since we've gotten so used to being monocultural, we have no idea how to accommodate a sheikh in the gardaí, for example, or what to do when someone wants to wear a burkha to school. That's where my reasoning of "Well I certainly wouldn't want to wear it, but I'm not going to tell anyone else what to wear..." breaks down.
(EDIT to add everything after 'As to the OT'.)