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  •  One quibble. (0+ / 0-)

    I think that religious conservatives are possible, because not all religions are inherently good. I'm not going to presume to have the authority to say which are good and which are bad (or, indeed, that anyone should or does have that authority), but I would go so far to say that there are religions that are twisted and self-serving enough to fit in with conservatism.

    Just because the face of what we think of as religion claims to, or at least pays lip service to, support something resembling "love thy brother as thyself" or some other form thereof, doesn't mean that compassion and goodness are an inherent part of all religions. We can discuss for days, I'm sure, whether it "should" be, but the fact remains that it isn't.

    Overall I agree with you, though, especially when dealing with the common parlance and the language of the media.

    Question Authority - Now, more than ever.

    by Zaq on Sun Dec 16, 2007 at 02:55:34 PM PST

    •  Sort of point taken... (1+ / 0-)
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      I guess if you admit religions that need human sacrifice to propitiate the gods as religions, and divorce ethics and morality from them, then indeed there is such a thing as a conservative religion.

      And I suppose that religions can be put more or less on a continuum (perhaps a multidimensional one?) of morality metrics.

      But then I think our quibble is one of operational definitions, and I'm restricting myself to those sort of religions that can arguably have some moral and ethical grounding.

      "It's better to realize you're a swan than to live life as a disgruntled duck."

      by Mumon on Sun Dec 16, 2007 at 03:44:07 PM PST

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