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  •  I never cease to be amazed (6+ / 0-)
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    It always comes down to religion. More wars have been fought, more people have died, over religious beliefs more than any other factor in history.

    No matter what God you worship, if you do, it is a source of constant amazement to me that said God is at the center of every conflict of mankind.

    "It's the Supreme Court, Stupid!"

    by Kestrel on Mon Mar 20, 2006 at 11:03:58 AM PST

    •  Sometimes it is buried (1+ / 0-)
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      On the face of it, the Soviet Union is an argument for the case where "lack of religion" was the problem. But again, the problem was that religion was manipulated for evil.

      Hitler too, felt God picked his people as special.

      There is so often a religious/cultish backing to so much violence, and why shouldn't there be? The religious texts are rife with Gods smiting down their enemies at will for misbehaving. Or maybe letting them wander miserably in a desert for 40 years. Whatever. The "faithful" always have these heartwarming passages to turn to.

      •  Soviet Union's problem wasn't (1+ / 0-)
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        lack of religion but suppression of religion.

        Religion is fine so long as it is a personal matter. When I lived in New England, that was the attitude, but so many people now define themselves by their religion - as though they have no other vehicle by which to express their identity.

        •  Yeah that's what I'm getting at (1+ / 0-)
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          In a twisted way, the Soviet Union had no separation of church and state, kinda like America.

        •  But religion is a great (1+ / 0-)
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          vehicle to claim superiority over others as well as pass judgement. I wonder what "the book" says about passing judgement on others, and "who" judgement is ultimately reserved to?
          The "people of the book" in the world today ALL need a refresher course if they are to continue claiming their self-righteousness.

          "Its a grave digger's song, Praising God and State. So the Nation can live, So we all can remain as cattle. They demand a sacrifice..." -Flipper

          by Skid on Mon Mar 20, 2006 at 11:35:39 AM PST

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