A culture or nation cannot establish a supportable framework of principles while it remains without will to be intolerant of anything. A culture, to remain a culture, must establish capacity to recognize for itself that which is morally right from that which is wrong. A culture that would avail and preserve decent human freedom and dignity needs to assimilate a moral philosophy or theosophy that does not bend over to tolerate such deviance as would undermine human freedom and dignity. It is by promoting misguided tolerance under an unthinking banner of "diversity" that paganists, militant atheists, disloyal crony corporatists, militant homosexuals, muslims, and destroyers of marriages and families are destroying and enserfing America. To salvage America, to salvage human freedom and dignity, churches must focus more on that which is helpful to the cause and less on dogma that is so often irrelevant, dissonant, meaningless, or destructive of respect for the building blocks of a society that would entrust human freedom and dignity under an inviting, caring, and guiding God (or Source of decency).
A society that seeks to endure needs to assimilate around broad contours for a philosophy concerning what is right versus wrong. Such a society can either entrust such determinations to trusted elites, or it can entrust such determinations to adults who have grown up with, and bonded their identities to, such philosophy. The first way leads to collectivist societies that entrust little liberty to the mass of citizens, and instead tends to rule the details of their lives under arbitrary regulations. The second way avails more freedom to families and their heads, to learn from their own experiences and insights. That is, the second way accords the masses with more freedom and dignity. For the second way, household heads are in need of guidance, not in need of dogma that tells them their every thought and action has been "predetermined" by some meta function --- either of God or Nature. Nor does science, logic, or good faith necessarily support such dogma.
If God needs man and man needs God, for what sensible, good, logical, or empirical reason should one need the other, but only a wind up toy? The way human history has thus far unfolded, the wind-up-toy (pre-deterministic) way of thinking seems to drive both fundie religionists and militant atheists. I ask: If the goal is an America that avails decent respect for the freedom and dignity of individual citizens, then why should dogmatists (whether religious or atheistic) insist that only their way of thinking about fundamental aspects of beingness should be accepted as "objective," "logical," "intelligent," "scientific," "archeologically supported," "proved by prophets," or "non-blasphemous?"
.Except perhaps as "ommm," no single word conveys meaning unless applied in a relational context with other words. To convey meaning as The Word, God conveys logos to mortals in context. No single word --- not even "truth," "justice," "cause," or "determine" --- conveys meaning by itself, absent a context and a recipient.