Not sure if this is the right forum, but I need some assistance in a debate. I made the following statement to an atheist/agnostic friend, and his response (in blue) is below.
BEGINNING OF MY STATEMENT
"I can’t tell you how sorry I am to hear that you support socialism. Not just you, but so many millennials who are buying into what socialists are selling. Had you lived through the Cold War era you might see things differently. I guess it happens from generation to generation. My generation has difficulty comprehending what our parents lived through (Great Depression, World War I and II, etc.), so of course your generation has difficulty understand what we went through. It happens.
Like I’ve said before, if each generation learned from the mistakes of previous generations, it would be a much better world, but unfortunately so many times people think they’re trying something new and better, when in fact it has been tried before, with disastrous results."
END OF MY STATEMENT
BEGINNING OF ATHEIST/AGNOSTIC REPLY
“Amazing that you speak of future generations learning from the mistakes of that past. Past generations have been scared by bigotry and hatred beyond measure and thankfully our society as evolved to be more humane. Can you believe at one point in time the Southern Baptist convention spoke for SLAVERY in the south using biblical verses to uphold slavery in the south? That the KKK was founded by southern Baptists on the holy notion that slavery was right by “god”. And until the late 1970s that the religious right was at the forefront of banning “interracial marriages” and the SWBC was a firm believer against interracial marriages. Not only did Christians believe that marriages were between one man and one woman back then they went as far to say marriage between the different races was a sin. Good to think that the “liberal” idea of “equality” meant freedoms for interracial marriages to happen. Just think of that poor Baptist governor of Alabama, Wallace, who using his Christian views to slam integration of blacks into public schools was championed by the religious right of that era. KKK was a major component of the hatred in the south too blacks and their make up was mostly southern Baptists using biblical verses to support their cause. And of course lastly, but probably not the last time conservatives will be on the wrong side of “equality” in history, is the marriage rights of gays. Why is it when society knows its time to heal and move on from hatred the religious right aka conservatives aka GOP feel the need to push back the tide of change and return us to the times of bigotry and hatred. Why are conservatives against “equality” of all?”
“Remember Lincoln was the first republican because he opposed slavery which was a LIBERAL idea at the time since it was ANTI-CONSERVATIVE. Lincoln would not be a republican by much today. He was anti state rights, he was anti discrimination he was pro taxes. He was very pro gvt. Nothing of which resembles todays GOP. Todays GOP is all about the haves and not the have nots. That’s why they love war. They love their corporations raking in the GVT contracts that they were bribed to give. Lincoln would probably be a libertarian today and not republican and he wouldn’t be a democrat, my opinion.”
END OF ATHEIST/AGNOSTIC REPLY