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  •  The problem is.... (2+ / 0-)
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    ....that organized religion is, by definition, hierarchical in nature.  The vast majority of religious people aren't villains but they may not exactly be saints either.  They do tend to uncritically accept what's preached to them by the religious authorities of their particular faith.

    If a villain happens to hold a title like "Pastor," "Reverend," "Bishop," "Elder." "Pope," "Lama," or what have you, the flock will likely accept what s/he preaches uncritically.  Thus, the villainy can and does infect even the saints as critical thinking isn't a value promoted by most religions and certainly not by conservative, evangelical Christianity.

    The sad results of this can be seen throughout the pages of history in the various witch hunts, pogroms, religious wars, etc. that have been undertaken in the name of God (but really, for the profane self-interest of some religious huckster or other institution that uses religion as a cover for its secular agenda).

    People have the right to believe however they wish.  But when their beliefs start having a deleterious effect on society, they become fair game for attacks such as Dave's.

    See the children of the earth who wake to find the table bare, See the gentry in the country riding out to take the air. ~~Gordon Lightfoot, "Don Quixote"

    by Panama Pete on Sun Jul 29, 2012 at 07:40:58 AM PDT

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      People have the right to believe however they wish.  But when their beliefs start having a deleterious effect on society, they become fair game for attacks such as Dave's.
      that about sums it up. I do not advocate fighting unreason with polite conversation and requests for introspection. I do not go into a gunfight carrying a feather duster.

      And consider this:

      I grew up during the 25 years of the IRA Troubles, with the IRA using my country as a target for bombs, sometimes on a weekly basis. An uncle of mine was shot while serving his country in Belfast. The Irish Troubles were a religious sectarian conflict, and the man that shot my uncle was a Catholic. At his trial his parish priest turned up to defend him.

      On a trip to Egypt I was at the Hatchetsup Temple in Luxor one day before a group of the faithful from another brand of Abrahamism machine gunned down a tour group there. On the same trip I arrived in Cairo three days after more men of faith turned a tour bus outside the Museum into a barbecue unit on wheels.

      I sat one evening in a Tunisian hotel and watched 3000 people die live on TV as two planes were turned into guided missiles by men of faith.

      I was working 100 yards away and just around the corner from a London Bus that was turned into a bomb shattered slaughterhouse by a man of faith on 7/7/05.

      I am vehemently pro-choice, so am horrified by the US abortion clinic shootings and bombings. Maybe part of that horror stems from the fact that we have noisy protests by Christians outside UK clinics, and once I had to shield an ex from the abuse they slung at her as we went in.

      So... you still need any reasons for me to maintain my anti-theist stance or do those suffice? I have a lot more I can share ;-)

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