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View Diary: "Freedom of Religion" in America: How the Argument, Not the Protection, Has a Long History (71 comments)

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  •  The right wing goes far beyond that. (0+ / 0-)

    They cherry-pick phrases to attack abortion, homosexuality, and various other modern bugaboos. It isn't like it is hard to figure out what the guys writing the OT thought was important: don't play footsie with other gods, watch what you eat, be careful about contact with women, support your clan. Jesus was more concerned with treating other people in the right way. There are some clear summaries of the major points in both testaments- the Ten Commandments and Jesus' sayings. None of these happen to mention the conservatives' issues.

    •  "more concerned"? uh, no. (0+ / 0-)

      Jesus was more concerned with treating other people in the right way when compared to the regular practices of the people of his time, who were largely concerned with an outward show of piety while they neglected the laws  -- listed very clearly in the Hebrew Bible -- regarding treating other people with compassion, kindness, and social responsibility.

      I can quote you the relevant passages if you like, but it will take some time.

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