Here are some of my beliefs that haven't changed:
- Separation of church and state FTW!!!! (Duh.)
- Science is the best tool for determining the facts of the world around us.
- I have a serious problem with people who do harm in the name of religion.
- I highly doubt that there's some sort of omnipotent being in the cosmos that worries about the minutae of our sex lives.
Hecht uses the phrase "drop by and lie" to refer to people who use religion for various social benefits. That phrase may sound like she has contempt for such people, but that's not the case. She's fully aware of the needs that this behavior serves. Naturally, I wonder on a regular basis if that's what I'm doing with Vedanta. But those thoughts are voluminous and complicated enough to require their own post, so I'll save them for later.