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  •  That's right (2+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, homogenius

    and the religious doctrine of "faith", whereby the process of shutting down all critical thinking capacity and simply accepting as fact what one is told is celebrated as the height of virtue inevitably leads to dogma.

    As someone (I forget who) once said,

    "Without religion, you'd have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, it takes religion."

    Replacing "religion" with dogma would be more accurate, but the general point is correct.

    •  There are plenty of spiritual outlets (2+ / 0-)
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      homogenius, heathlander

      or religious vehicles that do not lend themselves to the perversities of intolerance. Many of the Eastern Religions, the practices of the Unitarians and others, and most Neopagan belief systems are pretty flexible, ie. with limited or no dogmatic bullshit.
      I single out dogma as the culprit because it exists outside "religion" but with leads to similar atrocities. The political dogma of the  Nazi Party,
      Skinheads, Soviet-style Communism, The Khyber Rouge,
      McCarthyism, are just a few of the more recent examples of what ideology gone wild can accomplish even without religion to help it along.

      TFYQA - think For Yourself, Question Authority

      by Niniane on Wed Jan 24, 2007 at 11:42:02 AM PST

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