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  •  I never said it wasn't. (1+ / 0-)
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    TiaRachel

    I'm talking about today. Heck, 100 years ago Southern Democrats were racist bastards propagating segregation. This has been a part of the history of the Democratic Party. But some of us choose to associate with it. Should we not?

    Just because the history of Christianity, like the history of the Democratic Party is full of injustice and intolerance, does not mean that today these groups must be shunned.

    It is possible to move beyond these things, acknowledge the atrocities and failures (think Archbishop Tutu) and move ahead.

    In memory of Tyler Clementi.

    by commonmass on Mon Oct 11, 2010 at 12:06:21 PM PDT

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    •  True. But there's a strong (1+ / 0-)
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      'no true scotsman' contingent out there, who somehow manage to claim both that everything good is christian and that everything christian is good (and yes, the 'everything bad is christian/everything christian is bad' contingent has flawed reasoning as well, especially the crowd that insists that all religion=christianity=all religion). And, of course, that 'history' isn't all in the past.

      I agree with you on this:

      It is possible to move beyond these things, acknowledge the atrocities and failures (think Archbishop Tutu) and move ahead.

      But the thing is, it's necessary to accurately place those atrocities/failures. They aren't everything that christianity is, but they aren't not-christian, either. Laying the blame on, oh, 'human nature' or 'religion in general' or simply 'failure to be christian in the way I think christianity should be' can be a sort of denialism (and can in practice lead to scapegoating). Problems don't get solved if the real source isn't addressed.

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