"Begin at the beginning,and go on till you come to the end: then stop." (Lewis Carroll, 1832-1896)

Alice came to a fork in the road. "Which road do I take?" she asked."Where do you want to go?" responded the Cheshire cat."I don't know," Alice answered."Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."

"So long as I get somewhere," Alice added as an explanation. "Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."

"All right," said the Cat; and this time it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone. "Well! I've often seen a cat without a grin," thought Alice; "but a grin without a cat! It's the most curious thing I ever saw in my life!"

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I am diagonally parked in a parallel universe. Like Arthur Dent from "Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy", if you do not have a Babel Fish in your ear this blog will be completely unintelligible to you and will read something like this: "boggle, google, snoggle, slurp, slurp, dingleberry to the power of 10". Fortunately, those who have had the Babel Fish inserted in their ear, will understood this blog perfectly. If you are familiar with this technology, you will know that the Babel Fish lives on brainwave radiation. It excretes energy in the form of exactly the correct brainwaves needed by its host to understand what was just said; or in this case, what was read. The Babel Fish, thanks to scientific research, reverses the problem defined by its namesake in the Tower of Babel, where a deity was supposedly inspired to confuse the human race by making them unable to understand each other.


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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Do You Belong In A Secular Society?

Take The Test: - Do You Belong In A Secular Society

Count up all the times you answer "yes" and then scroll to the bottom of the page for your result.

  • 1. Do you believe that people have a right to a religion?
  • 2. Do you believe that people have a right to not have a religion?
  • 3. Do you believe that only people who share your religion have a right to a religion?
  • 4. Do you believe that your religion is the only "true religion" and that all other religions are false?
  • 5. Do you believe that all other religions should be exposed for the lie that they are?
  • 6. Do you believe that only people who believe in the same god as you should have the right to vote?
  • 7. Do you believe that religious faith should be a test of citizenship?
  • 8. Do you believe that only religious people are capable of being moral?
  • 9. Do you believe that all other religions except your own are evil?
  • 10. Do you believe that the government should be controlled by religious law?

    Now Scroll Down To The Bottom Of The Page: ~


Count how many times you answered "yes."

0-3 You seem like the sort of person who would enjoy the freedoms of a secular society. These are the secular societies in which you would feel most valued. List of secular states: 1.Australia 2. Belgium 3. France 4. Germany 5. India 6. Nepal 7. Philippines 8. Portugal 9. Romania 10. Turkey 11. United States of America

Characteristics of a Secular State

1.A secular state is a state or country that officially is neutral in matters of religion, neither supporting nor opposing any particular religious beliefs or practices, and has no state religion or equivalent.

2.A secular state is not an atheistic state (e.g. North Korea, the Soviet Union), in which the state officially opposes all religious beliefs and practices. A secular state protects freedom of religion but is governed freely from the influence of a religion, as pursued in state secularism.

3.It is also described to be a state that prevents religion from interfering with matters of state, and religious groups from controlling its government, and monopolizing political power. Laws protect each individual equally including religious minorities from discrimination on the basis of religion.

4-6 OK. A secular society is not going to fulfill all your religious needs. Have you considered moving to, or do you live in a society with a state religion?

Characteristics of a Religious State:

A state religion (also called an official religion, established church or state church) is a religious body or creed officially endorsed by the state.

7-10 Hmmm. If you do not already live in a theocracy, I suggest you need to pack your bags.

Characteristics of a Theocracy:

Theocracy is a form of government in which the divine power governs an earthly human state, either in person (e.g. as incarnation in a human) or, more often, via its religious institutional representative/s. (e.g. church, temple, mosque), either replacing or dominating the organs of civil government as clerical or spiritual representative/s of god.



Blogger Daniel said...

Couldn't get the 'results' to work, Beep.

With only two yes's did I fail? Will I be sent to Hell to burn forever and ever? Should I have chosen to be a weak atheist after all? Would that have saved me?

I await my fate!

6/10/06 12:41 pm  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

RE daniel:

Refresh your browser. The results are displayed at the bottom of the page.

According to my test, you will be happiest in a secular state.

0-3 You seem like the sort of person who would enjoy the freedoms of a secular society.

These are the secular societies in which you would feel most valued. List of secular states: 1.Australia 2. Belgium 3. France 4. Germany 5. India 6. Nepal 7. Philippines 8. Portugal 9. Romania 10. Turkey 11. United States of America

6/10/06 12:55 pm  
Blogger Daniel said...

Refreshed several times, Beep, but all I can get is the word RESULTS surrounded by a lot of blank space.

P.S. If I was a moderate agnostic, do you think that God might save me?
P.P.S. I notice another 'Daniel' has appeared. How many of us are there?

6/10/06 2:01 pm  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

RE daniel: Did you scroll down past the word "results" to the bottom of the article?

I dunno, I can see it on my page?

Yeah. 2 daniels. One is posting as "anonymous" but signs off as daniel. If you read something RE: daniel it might not mean you. :)

6/10/06 2:28 pm  
Anonymous ted said...

Same problem as Daniel Beep. I get another "link" to Bob, but that's all...

6/10/06 6:30 pm  
Blogger Stardust1954 said...

I can't see it either.

Only the word RESULTS and then the LINK at the bottom takes me to a Bob Dylan youtube video.

6/10/06 11:14 pm  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

That is weird. I can see the rest of the article on my computer.

I published it again. How about now?

7/10/06 12:17 am  
Blogger Stardust1954 said...

Nope, still can't see it. Just an empty space between RESULTS and the Bob Dylan LINK. :-(

7/10/06 4:19 pm  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

Re : stardust:

I may have to repost it. Damnit :(

7/10/06 4:49 pm  
Anonymous ted said...

Done and dusted Beep, thanks for fixing it.

Scored 2 so I'm happy...:)


7/10/06 10:13 pm  
Blogger Deacon Barry said...

Hey! Why no mention of the UK? It's way more secular than the USA. Or are you including it in the theocracy pile because we've got our own church, and there's no separation of church and state?

10/10/06 10:38 am  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

RE deacon:

England is an interesting example.
It is demonstrably secular, that is, by action it is secular; but officially it has a state religion.

The state religion is the Church of England, that is, that particular sect of christianity, is officially endorsed as the state religion.

The Church of England has a legislative body, the General Synod. The Synod can suggest measures to the queen, which, if approved by her, can be amended by the UK parliament and can become part of the law of England.

The powers of the Synod relate primarily to the care of churches and churchyards and the discipline of the clergy, but there is no limit, of which I am aware, as to what the Synod can recommend.

But, I would agree, that by actions, England and the UK are more secular than the US.

10/10/06 11:18 am  
Anonymous Wormbrain said...

Whew! I belong in the U.S., thank God- Oh oops! Goddamm- crap did it again!

Interesting blog!

12/10/06 12:56 pm  

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