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What Athiests and Secularists miss

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2Oe6HUgrRlQ

This is a great video that shows some of the holes in modern atheism and secularism.
The essence is that we are in need of community, purpose, tradition...

Maybe not you... but there are enough people. Some general notion of culture could provide it, but modern atheists and secularists also tend to reject culture.

Which is great for a very small percentage of society.  Perhaps they feel themselves so enlightened that they are beyond it.  Which might the case for them.

But it misses the needs of most people.

I wish Alain De Botton luck, but I doubt it will get anywhere.

I personally think society has a better chance if the organized religions are made more tolerant or removed from power to remove their bad parts.

Politics and Halal

It has long been my belief that politics corrupts.  Recently, I've been hearing about controversies in the Muslim community about Halal meat.  Various certification organization argue about what is halal and not halal and they all want their cut of regulatory scheme.  Just an example:
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1080411--popeyes-in-fight-over-halal-chicken

I think from its inception the whole notion of 'Halal' meat was not for a religious purpose, but for political and tribal purposes.  To make Muslims different from others.  A cult-like approach to life.

In reality, the Koran itself doesn't even forbid 'regular' meat from Muslims.
[2.173] He has only forbidden you what dies of itself, and blood, andflesh of swine, and that over which any other (name) than (that of) Allah has been invoked; but whoever is driven to necessity, not desiring, nor exceeding the limit, no sin shall be upon him; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
It only forbids the …