'America's Rabbi' Squashes Intolerant Fundamentalist Idiots

Remember that for the world's 13.2 million Jews, Jesus has not yet come to earth in physical form. While they wait it out and celebrate Passover this week, Jews, and everyone else, might reflect on the words of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, author of 'Shalom in the Home', who spoke to Big Think last year about the two religious currents in America.

"There's two kinds of religions. One is religion is an all-or-nothing sum game. Either you're religious or not. 'If you're gay, to hell with you. If you'd had an abortion, to hell you you. You don't believe what I believe, to hell with you.' Well, that's pretty damn intolerant and that's an abomination before God.

The other kind of religion is where you say religion is a collection ideas and principles and practices to make us into godly people, and even if you don't keep all of them, well, keep some of them. So you may be doing things that I don't believe in because of my religion, but you're doing other things that I can really respect and applaud. That's not what we're hearing in American today. We're hearing because you are X, therefore I have to reject you in your entirety. If we can get away from that, the future of religion will not only be bright in America, but it will really illuminate so many peoples lives, even the lives of so many secular people"

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International poker champion Liv Boeree teaches decision-making for Big Think Edge.

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One way to limit clutter is by being mindful of your spending.

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  • One way overbuyers can limit their waste, both money and space wise, is by storing items at the store, and then buy them when they really need them.
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Philosopher Alan Watts: 'Why modern education is a hoax'

Explore a legendary philosopher's take on how society fails to prepare us for education and progress.

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A new study has investigated who watched the ISIS beheading videos, why, and what effect it had on them

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In the summer of 2014, two videos were released that shocked the world. They showed the beheadings, by ISIS, of two American journalists – first, James Foley and then Steven Sotloff. Though the videos were widely discussed on TV, print and online news, most outlets did not show the full footage. However, it was not difficult to find links to the videos online.

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