Keep in mind I'm not disputing your basic point. But whenever someone talks about "the basic tenets of Christianity" being sound, I have to know just what they mean.
Yeah, good point, I actually mean the stuff that's attributed to Jesus, not the picky laws from Leviticus and so on. And certainly not how it's all been twisted since. The Golden Rule and stuff. And yeah, it aplies to pretty much every religion before and since, just about treating people decently. Apparently, there's an organiztaion called 'Atheists for Christ' who respect the moral philosophy without losing their sense of reality. Sounds like one for google...
Yeah, there's a lot of stuff I like about the bible. "Let my people go" "It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, etc."
I still dispute that a slave must submit to his master. I dispute turning the other cheek. I don't question its potential value as a form of protest: Ghandi used such methods very effectively. But in today's American society, where media outlets don't need to compete against one another for accuracy or even relevance, the moral message will end up lost. Six "independent" outlets, all with the exact same political interests will never report the news. Only propaganda. Its a function of the very nature of monopoly and quasi-monopoly. Once quasi-monopoly has been reached, the free market is no more, and there is no competing product. So nobody's voice who agree with the protestors can matter. No matter how peaceful they are.
Our salvation in a modern world is not Jesus, but twitter, facebook, forums, and other forms of social media. Otherwise our voices will never be heard.