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  •  Religion has elements of racism in it (11+ / 0-)

    I think there are deep elements of racism is many religons.

    It has been said by pundits that the most racially divided hour of the American week is Sunday mornings: white people in the white churchs and black people in the black churches, and "ne'er the twain shall meet".

    Notice the favortie American depiction of Jesus is blond and blue-eyed, and not the dark-skinned, dark-haired colorings of someone of middle eastern Jewish heritage.

    In my opinion, there has ALWAYS been something racist in conservative appeals to religious values.  The conservative appeal to religious values NEVER aligns with the teachings of Jesus: love thy neighbor, feed the hungry, heal the sick, take in the refugee, etc.

    Yet the conservatives will all raise their hands up and tell us how important Jesus is - just not doing any of the things Jesus told us we should be doing!!

    Good post Aeschylus!

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 09:01:47 AM PDT

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    •  The Blue-Eyed Blonde Jesus (4+ / 0-)

      Jesus figures or figurines take on whatever culture is dominant.

      For instance, in Africa, Jesus is much more black and closer to his real looks (dark skin and dark eyes).

      In South American countries, he is seen as a darker version of the Blue-Eyed Blonde guy in America but tends to have darker skin and darker eyes....

      In other words, Jesus is WHOEVER you want him to be.

      -6.13 -4.4 Where are you? Take the Test!!!

      by MarciaJ720 on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 09:34:28 AM PDT

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    •  Timbuk3 - Standard White Jesus (1+ / 0-)
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      The problem is we're arguing about the wallpaper and we haven't even got a foundation yet.

      by 84thProblem on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 11:07:19 AM PDT

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    •  We all got a huge taste of this racism from (5+ / 0-)

      the Vatican when it recently declared Juan Diego a saint.  Juan Diego was canonized by Pope John Paul II on July 31, 2002.

      Juan Diego was the peasant who saw the vision of the Virgin of Guadalupe December 9, 1531.

      The Spanish Conquest was roughly 1519-1521 and Juan Diego was an adult, so he would have been full blooded Native American.  In 1531, he was supposedly 57 years old.  

      In the official image of the Vatican for the canonization of Juan Diego, he is portrayed as a light-skinned, bearded European, similar to a Conquistador.

      In 2002.

      Even today, "holy people" are white, regardless of the obvious truth.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 01:05:30 PM PDT

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    •  Racism is not inherent in religion (0+ / 0-)

      In fact, there are many religions whose doctrine always was or has evolved to become anti-racist, but whose doctrine is widely ignored by the supposed faithful.

      The Judaism attributed to Moses and Joshua was not only racist, but genocidal. However, the Judaism that teaches pleading for the stranger among you is the opposite. The treatment of Ethiopian Jews by Israel in our time, and much of the treatment of Palestinians, is frankly racist.

      Islam in the Qur'an is vehemently anti-racist, and Malcolm X was astonished at his welcome reception in Saudi Arabia when he went on the Hajj (the pilgrimage to Mecca), but in the Communal Violence between Pakistan and India (three wars and ongoing terrorism, among other things) and in the Israel/Palestine issue, vehement, vicious Protocols of the Elders of Zion racism is endemic.

      The Hinduism of the ancient caste system and modern Hindutva is beyond merely racist, dividing Indian society into more than a thousand levels, but the Advaitva Vedanta Hinduism that teaches, "That [the Divine) art Thou" is the opposite.

      Buddhism has, in its origins, no place whatsoever for racism, but nationalist, Fundamentalist Buddhism in several Asian countries, notably Sri Lanka and Myanmar, ignores that.

      Christianity has long been deeply divided on the question whether we are all God's children or whether God made Blacks mentally and morally inferior and fit only for slavery (Curse of Ham theology) so that slavery was a net benefit for them.

      The Mormon doctrine that Blacks were devotees of the Devil in a previous life is also quite vicious. It has never been contradicted, even in the revelation that allowed AA Mormons entry to the Priesthood, the Tabernacle, and the higher heavens. Nevertheless, there have been and continue to be Mormons who have nothing to do with such notions.

      Among atheists and agnostics, also, there are those who are a Law to themselves (Saint Paul) and those who accept no law but their own greeds and hatreds.

      So it is not which religion, which church, which set of Scripture you adhere to that makes you a racist or anti-racist. It is something in your own heart. Let us consider that real religion, then, is not the doctrine or practice that churches mandate, but the thoughts, will, and actions in our hearts. Then we can take back the argument over religion from the pseudo-religious, in our own hearts even if not in the public forum. As Harper Lee put it in To Kill a Mockingbird, let us be the "people of background" who join together to create the future while the others continue their desperate rearguard action to build a bridge to the Stone Age, when some among our ancestors first discovered mass hatred and mass murder.

      America—We built that!

      by Mokurai on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 04:17:22 PM PDT

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