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  •  Problem not restricted to fundamentalists (5+ / 0-)
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    coquiero, SuWho, nellgwen, neroden, CanyonWren
    "They told me that to be a good Christian, I need to forgive, forget and move on in my life," she said. "And they told me that a good Christian doesn't press charges on another good Christian."

    I have heard the same thing from Catholics, and I suspect elsewhere.

    This is not what being a "good Christian" means.  Christianity expects that the people who violated that young woman to beg forgiveness, which clearly didn't happen.  This is one of many examples where "religion" has been perverted to justify abusing and marginalizing women.  And, of course, it's not restricted to Christianity.

    •  When you use a book (5+ / 0-)

      to justify everything you do, instead of simply knowing the difference between right and wrong, you can get away with anything.  And apparently still be able to look at yourself in the mirror.

      Self-righteous sociopaths.

      "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

      by La Gitane on Wed Apr 13, 2011 at 11:52:27 AM PDT

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    •  Mind-control cults. (2+ / 0-)
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      Steven D, CanyonWren

      Most Christian groups are.  Lots of other religions are too, but it is clear that most Christian groups are.  Unitarian Universalists excepted, since they don't require you to believe anything.  :-)

      For documentation, read through the catalog of brainwashing techniques listed in Leaving the Fold and ask: how many did your church do?

      The Roman Catholic Church is actually particularly bad, it uses some of the worst brainwashing techniques and it uses a lot of them.  The priests are so brainwashed, in some cases, that they think the brainwashing they're doing is for the good of the people they're brainwashing, even though it routinely makes those people unhappy and less functional than before.  At that point the idea of self-replicating memes becomes relevant to explaining that's going on.

      Read pp. 1-7 of Krugman's _The Great Unraveling_ (available from Google Books). NOW.

      by neroden on Wed Apr 13, 2011 at 04:03:46 PM PDT

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