I have to agree with Snowdog on his points about religion, faith, and the refusal to deal with questions. Someone's willingness to answer questions about his beliefs is my litmus test for his sincerity. If he suggests I shouldn't be asking questions, I don't deal with him anymore. On the political thing, I just want to clarify - I find ALL governments and all parties I know of equally useless, ridiculous, hypocritical and self-interested (if that's a word). The only reason I was saying I understood why Republicans got named first (aside from TPM's leanings) was the fact that the Republicans have so blatantly allied themselves with religion, which is the topic of discussion in here. Snowdog is right - Democrats don't care about your health care or whatever they're spouting off at the moment, either. But health care isn't the topic. Hey, Cydonia, is there a topic for people who think Congress should be lined up and shot for passing themselves a hefty raise while (1) they have more pressing stuff to be dealing with and (2) more people are out of work and really suffering in this country than have been in at least a decade or two? That could be a nice health, non-partisan debate.... no, it couldn't. It could if it were just you and me, pal, but I give it three posts before someone finds a way to blame The Other Party for the whole thing. And we wonder why the church can't have just one denomination.