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Equality is Freedom

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Submitted by Alexandros (United Kingdom), May 31, 2012 at 07:27

Only nations guaranteeing freedom, not equality, are prosperous and culturally superior.

Equality means that all cultures have the same right to exist, other cultures might be superior than others , but this does n't mean, that they should vanish the rest, actually, it is historically proven that all cultures have something to contribute to society, even those which seems primitive.

I can n't argue to all the rest you write, not because there are no arguments, there are hundred, but i already know your answer, "it was God's will" and since God acts in mysterious ways, how can i convince you that every man holds his own destiny in his hands. That israel founded a country because of the struggle of people like you and me, maybe a bit smarter, that the allies and not only the US won the war against the Germans, because Hitler was a bit crazy and nobody dared to say no to whatever he asked and they found themselves fighting against all Nations at the same time, how can i convince you that if the US hadn't participated in the war then it wouldn't have been the superpower it is today, how can i convince you that the use of the media and all the political campaigns are following Hitler's example, just to remind you that he was elected he wasn't a dictator.

But this is not the point, the point is that by statements like, Germany is a big nation because Ashkenazi jews live there or that Christians are the new testaments Jews and that these are the only people that deserve to be saved, or that the only truth is Islam and so on, then racism is flourishing, then religion becomes Nazism, the only thing that changes is the name of the tribe or the name of the belief, the rest should be vanished

"Borders, language, and culture must be enforced for any nation to stay cohesive, otherwise it disintegrates like that Babylonian tower-building nation of millenia part."

How are you going to preserve this when Muslims say that everyone should become Muslims, the Christians say the same, the Judaists say the same, the Communists say the same, the Nazis supported the same, from their point of view each one!

In my opinion, states should be distinguished from religion and all states in the world should protect all the religions of their citizens. Religion should stop being an excuse for slaughtering other people. The religious leaderships should lose their political power, because they are acting like small Hitlers.

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