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  •  I see a whole lot of ignorance (2+ / 0-)
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    Caj, xanthe

    in your writing.

    I see a whole lot of bile and personal attack in your response, and not a lot of substantive objections.

    You betcha there's bile in my responses; I will not sit quietly and have you malign Catholicism, particularly as you do not know what you are talking about.

    As for my responses lacking "substantive objections," you write something as nonsensical as this and accuse me of lacking substance??

    If rhetoric is dangerous... ...then the pope's rhetoric that attempts to deny salvation to people to compel them to believe and act as he does is far more dangerous than some comment posted on dKos.
    The pope doesn't need bombers or nukes to instill fear and hatred. The fact he doesn't have them is insignificant.

    sheesh, where to start?

    1. Where in the article cited does the pope use rhetoric that would "deny salvation to people to compel them" to do ANYTHING?

     Popes don't "grant" or "deny" salvation; you gots ta save yerself, honeychile, no one's gonna do your savin' work for you. Is that what's got you so feared up?

    1. Where are you getting this "instilling fear and hatred" screed?  Nothing in the article or the diary says anything about fear and hatred; the article cited is about evil in the world and the pope's reflection that people should be taught to pray for the strength to resist it or remove it --kinda like having a virus control and spyware removal tool.  Perhaps you are projecting "fear and hatred;" fear and hatred certainly are not in any way discussed or incited by the Pope's counsel that people should be aware that evil is a concrete force in the world.

    "The pope doesn't need nukes or bombers to instill fear and hatred.  The fact that he doesn't have them is insignificant."

    The NIE reported that Iran was not developing nuclear weapons but Israel wants to attack Iran anyway because Israel "fears and hates" Iran because Iran sends money to Palestinians to resist Israel's aggression.  
    The same logic seems to apply to your statement.  You say, The pope doesn't have nukes and bombers but that's insignificant; in effect, you're saying, it doesn't matter what the pope has or says, you intend to hate him.

    We've already concluded that nothing the pope said in the diary/article indicates the pope's agenda is to 'instill fear and hatred,' so your statement is balloon juice. There's nothing left of it.  

    No substantive objections.  But substantially objectionable.

    "Accurate scholarship will unearth the whole offense....[will] learn ...what huge imago made a psychopathic god." -W H Auden

    by Orpheus on Fri Dec 28, 2007 at 11:52:41 PM PST

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