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  •  It's time governments stopped kowtowing (11+ / 0-)

    to religious practices which are intrinsically immoral. It's time the "I respect your religious beliefs" appeasement is replaced with "to hell with your religious beliefs" when those beliefs result in harm. To hell with the genital mutilation of children, to hell with denial of reproductive freedom, to hell with anti gay bigotry, to hell with treating women as second class citizens.

    •  We must be free to ask (2+ / 0-)
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      happymisanthropy, Matt Z

      Is the pope intrinsically evil, or just contingently evil? Have popes always been evil? When did the popes start being evil?

      There is no scriptural support for the belief that Jesus was, is, or would be anything but a supporter of birth control. He did not believe people should without love. Yet without birth control many are born to those who won't love them. He did not believe people should be hungry (see: loaves and fishes), yet without birth control millions more will be hungry. And He did not believe the keepers of the Temple were perfectly wise.

      His own Father practiced a One Child Policy! Let that be the example for our conscience. Seriously: My conscience (which theology tells me is Christ Within) tells me the pope is no true Christian. The Catholic religion is not, at its core, as phoney as Scientology or Mormanism. But it's leadership is as self-serving and corrupt. All true Christians should denounce them.

    •  I have no problem with respecting (0+ / 0-)

      someone's religious beliefs when it comes to their own conduct and life -- but when they try to force me and others not of their sect to follow the same beliefs, that's where it stops. You might be free to swing your arms in the air as part of your prayer routine -- but when you hit me in the nose, that becomes an infringement on my right to not have a bloody nose.

      Now to try to end the wars we ask our gay and straight soldiers to fight. -- Chris Hayes (modified)

      by Cali Scribe on Thu Feb 09, 2012 at 11:46:54 AM PST

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