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  •  I take issue with the label (8+ / 0-)

    "Catholic bashing" for legitimate criticism of a very wide-ranging and deeply powerful institution such as the Roman Catholic Church.

    Just as I take issue with the lable "anti-Semitic" for legitimate criticism of a very militarized and increasingly right wing government of the State of Israel.

    Any dismissal of legitimate criticism with these inaccurate and (ultimately) disrespectful labels is not in the best interest of critical thinking or even the two institutions which those kinds of deflections believe they protect.

    That said, I can appreciate that the next three days are inappropriate and disrespectful moments in time to raise even legitimate criticisms of those institutions.

    There are plenty of other powerful and dangerous institutions to criticize outside of those.

    Happy Easter Timeaus.  

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 08:02:43 PM PDT

    •  How about Xmas? Timeaus's personal saints (1+ / 0-)
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      How much of the calendar shall be "off limits"?

      income gains to the top 1% from 2009 to 2011 were 121% of all income increases. How did that happen? Incomes to the bottom 99% fell by 0.4%

      by JesseCW on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 09:39:57 PM PDT

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      •  Easter weekend would tend to be (2+ / 0-)
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        a gilas girl, Ahianne

        the point in the Christian calendar when minds are preoccupied.

        Basically, even without the Holy Week moniker and the importance of the days on the spiritual calendar, the psychological effect of that focus would make it the least likely time to get a decent reception for even completely unbiased fact-checked 'have you realized what your hierarchy is doing?' correction.

        It's also THE time of the year when the evangelical persecution complex peaks, because of the same effect. It's the one time a lot of churches discuss the martyrdom concept at all, if they ever do.

        Better to save it 'til Monday.

        Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

        by Cassandra Waites on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 10:07:09 PM PDT

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      •  Personally, I'd hold off on Xmas (2+ / 0-)
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        because of it's cultural importance (not simply religious), but that's just an individual assessment.  I think these are matters of judgement.  There is a difference between "high holy days" and other days of commemoration.

        BTW: we have the same thing in a secular version.  It's probably not very productive or respectful to start a discussion that's critical of vetrans on Memorial Day, for example.

        In my industry we call this kind of thing "cultural awareness" and yes, there are people who try to teach it to the lunkheads of the world who want to proclaim this is just pansy-waisted moddlecoddling designed to spend waste more money and make regular 'Merikans feel insecure.  

        ...looking again for the half snark tag

        Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

        by a gilas girl on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 07:27:47 AM PDT

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    •  Well, there is legitimate criticism and there is (1+ / 0-)
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      Catholic bashing. You can usually tell the difference. There is both on this site (legitimate criticism is more common). Same goes for legitimate criticism of Israel and anti-semitism.

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