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  •  The real problem (19+ / 0-)

    The people you're speaking about choose to be hateful and bigoted. If their preacher didn't tell them to be that way, some other excuse would do just as nicely.

    People choose their own church. The right-wing haters could, if they chose, go to a church that preaches love for all people. There are plenty of them out there. Religion itself isn't the problem; it's how grotesquely ignorant and narrow-minded people chose to process or exercise their faith. Some people read the Bible and are motivated to try to save humanity through charitable works. Some people read the Bible and join the Klan. It isn't the fault of the Bible that morons exist.

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    by Korkenzieher on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 11:21:13 AM PST

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    •  Missionaries (6+ / 0-)

      See "missionaries" for info that complicates this statement:

      Some people read the Bible and are motivated to try to save humanity through charitable works.
      Often one man's "saving humanity" is another man's genocide. Much harm in our history could have been avoided were it not for Christian missionaries running around the world trying to "save" some "heathens."
      •  Really? (1+ / 0-)
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        Often one man's "saving humanity" is another man's genocide. Much harm in our history could have been avoided were it not for Christian missionaries running around the world trying to "save" some "heathens."
        While there has certainly been harm done in the name of Christianity, there has also been a world of good. Wells dug to provide clean water. Schools and universities built to provide affordable, even free, education in impoverished nations. Health clinics with free treatment and medication.

        And let's not forget anti-war protests, civil rights marches, outspoken support for women's rights (including choice in many faith communities), support for marriage equality, and a host of other efforts in which Christian churches have often taken a leading role.

        I'm not going to argue that there have not been abuses; there have, throughout history, as with any human organization with the power to affect or oppose change. But for every harmful, even hateful, act committed in the name of Christ, there have been many acts of charity and kindness, and bold opposition to tyranny, oppression, and evil.

        "Do it in the name of Heaven; you can justify it in the end..." - Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter

        by pragmaticidealist on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 03:38:54 PM PST

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        •  How far back are you going? (0+ / 0-)
          But for every harmful, even hateful, act committed in the name of Christ, there have been many acts of charity and kindness, and bold opposition to tyranny, oppression, and evil.

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          by KVoimakas on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 06:17:07 AM PST

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