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  •  If I am a religious Buddhist, (0+ / 0-)

    is the same thing true?

    Thomas Merton was an incredibly devoted religious man.  Is he also scary?

    Barack Obama is a religious man.  I hope you don't find him scary because of it.

    Please don't be afraid of religious people.  If someone is cruel or hateful, be wary of the cruel and hateful things that come out of them, and hold them responsible for those things.  By saying "its his religion that makes this possible" is no more helpful or accurate when you say it than it is when he says it.

    Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world. By non-hatred alone is hatred appeased. This is a law eternal. - Dhammapada 5.

    by BigSwami on Wed May 21, 2008 at 03:16:06 PM PDT

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    •  Lets just say (0+ / 0-)

      when you put too many of them in the same room...

      Take your protein pills and put your helmet on

      by SFOrange on Wed May 21, 2008 at 03:54:05 PM PDT

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    •  I am afraid of so-called "religious" (0+ / 0-)

      people in public office who use their religion as the basis for their public policy decisions. Merton did not hold public office. He also followed the spirit of his religion's teachings, even when they differed from his church's doctrines.

      Obama does hold public office and does say he will follow his religion's teachings as far as queers are concerned. That makes me afraid of him, especially when I see that his religion wants to keep queers as second class citizens. What this Gambian leader is doing is taking that bias to the nth degreee by offering to kill us all unless we leave. Is that any different than denying equal rights to queers? Absolutely. But it's grounded in the same bigotry.

      History is replete with examples of atrocities committed by the most "religious" of peoples. Don't be afraid of them -- be VERY afraid of them.

      Like matter and anti-matter, Republicans and the truth seem unable to occupy the same space.

      by dykester on Wed May 21, 2008 at 05:06:05 PM PDT

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      •  Wrights views on GLBT rights (0+ / 0-)

        seem relevant here.

        "As scientific knowledge advances, it does not mean that religious knowledge retreats." - horse69 on the bnet recon C&C board

        by lonespark on Wed May 21, 2008 at 05:20:40 PM PDT

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