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    ... those abusing religion are going for an emotional response, and religion is inherently very emotional.

    The abuse of religion and what can teach, when combined with an us vs them mentality, is very much akin to the use of fear to motivate as we see from the Republicans.  They aren't going for a thought out response; rather, they're going for a hind brain, emotional response.  They're trying to trigger responses that blind people to anything but what they want them to hear.  Throw in the mob/herd mentality that can overcome people when emotions run high, and you've sold your war of aggression/greed/power.

    I'd also note that, in my own opinion, too many are eager to what they want to hear.  Scripture basically says, "This is going to be really hard.  You're going to have to give up a lot to be saved; you're going to have to show character, forgiveness and love even your enemies."  And yet people flock to so-called prosperity churches that promise power and wealth; they cheer for preachers who issue calls to war and advocate hatred of our brothers and sisters.

    Too often, and too easily, religion and faith are twisted into something ugly.  This does not mean that religion and faith are inherently wrong or bad; it does mean, however, that people need to learn to think.  One can believe in a God, or gods, or a goddess, and still be a rational, reality based, scientifically minded individual.  But it takes effort, it takes self awareness, it takes a willingness to face unpleasant truths, and too many seem to want the easy path.

    The inadequate is the enemy of the necessary.

    by JRandomPoster on Wed Jun 02, 2010 at 10:59:22 AM PDT

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