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  •  It's both. (4+ / 0-)

    A civilization controlled by religion is known to make a wealthy few very very rich and powerful.

    Theocracies spawn Monarchies.

    •  "make a wealthy few very very rich" (1+ / 0-)
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      GreenMother

      and IMO therein lies the
      seeds of downfall of the
      rich & powerful Catholic
      Hierarchy.
      My suggestion for Catholics... go to church but simply stop the cash
      donations.
      Yes, y0u will financially
      strap UR churches for a number of months also
       but hope fully the pressure on the Vatican might just prove 2 B unbearable.

      •  It's funny you should mention the Catholic Church (0+ / 0-)

        Specifically.

        In Germany, the Catholic Church is ordering people to pay the 10 percent tithe or thereabouts to cover a tax by the German Government.

        OR!

        Not receive communion, or marriage services, baptisms, or have access to church burial services.

        WOW.

        It's just like websites. You start out for free/donations only, and then suddenly, it's---you can still be a member, but paying members get more services.

        Pay to Pray!

        I am so glad I am a free agent.

      •  Here is a link to the story: (0+ / 0-)

        http://www.npr.org/...

        BERLIN September 24, 2012, 02:02 pm ET

        BERLIN (AP) — A Catholic reform group in Germany criticized the country's bishops Monday for declaring that believers who refuse to pay religious taxes won't be able to receive the sacrament, become godparents or work in church institutions...

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