The local Methodist church’s marquee sign has changed again, and there’s another new blurb there:
WHAT DOES UR RELIGION
DO TO UR CHARACTER?
I find that one odd. I’ll give them the IM-speak “UR”, because they need to save space; it’s pushing the margins of the sign, as it is. But...
...it’s the preposition that seems wrong. What does it do to your character? I should think that for would be more apt. I mean, there’s a great difference between, “Look what that guy did to me,” and “Look what that guy did for me,” isn’t there?
But, OK, I’ll bite:
Since I have no religion, I’ll substitute “absence of religion,” instead. What does my absence of religion do to my character?
It makes me less credulous, unwilling to accept things with no evidence. It makes me question what I hear; it makes me look at what I see with an eye toward reasonable explanation and understanding. It makes me derive my moral values for myself, considering what my parents taught me, what I see around me, and what I understand to be best for co-existing in a civilized, peaceful society.
And imagine: I’ve come to the same conclusion as others have, with regard to morality. War is to be avoided, used as a last resort only. Hurting and abusing others, as with torture, is wrong. Everyone has a right to live her own life, make her own choices, take her own path, unimpeded by others. All people are equal, and should be treated with respect.
That’s what all the religious folk believe, too, right?
Another church in the area has a sign, too. I saw this one a week ago at the nearby First Presbyterian Church:
THE ROAD TOYes, that seems apt.
IS ALWAYS UNDER