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  •  You should also understand that there are many (1+ / 0-)
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    Christians, especially those here on the Daily Kos, who don't care for mocking and satire or "challenges". Not when it comes to religion. There are many of us who have devoted their lives to the church (as a layman, I have done so, and have taken a vow of poverty on top of it) in the steadfast goal of helping others. Am I perfect? No. But I do dedicate my life to my fellow man, and to love. To respect for both atheists and theists alike (it did pain me to HR that tip jar, but I'm sorry, that was an offensive cartoon and the same idea could have been brought across in a less offensive way).

    I have dedicated my life to peace. I have worked for peace, social justice and the ideals embodied in the Sermon on the Mount my whole life. Mock my religion all you want to, but realize that some of us have dedicated our entire lives to living this ideal so that others--not we, ourselves--might benefit from unconditional love and compassion. Compassion means "suffering with", as does its German counterpart, "Mitleid".

    You might hate religion, and you might hate mine, but please: don't denigrate my dedication to putting others first. Prove to me you do that, and then you can criticize me.

    If the Virgin Mary were alive and pregnant and living in Texas today, Rick Perry would find a way to deny her WIC and Medicaid. equalitymaine.org

    by commonmass on Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 04:36:45 PM PDT

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    •  I'm sorry you take mocking comics like this one so (2+ / 0-)
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      personally.  But that doesn't make it hate speech.  And just b/c people challenge your beliefs or any other beliefs does not make them hateful.  No where on this diary has anyone denigrated your "dedication to putting others first."  In fact, the only things that have been challenged here was the development of traditional religious rules (the actual diary), the claim that this was or was not anti-semetic, whether it was or was not hate speech, the claim that it any rejection of religious belief is or is not bigotry, and whether/how we should challenge belief systems.

      •  I think it is rude to do what the diarist did. (1+ / 0-)
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        If you want to challenge my beliefs, come to St. Luke's Cathedral in Portland, ME. Come meet our youth group, who is committed to combating homophobia and bullying, and has a transgender rights commission. Come meet our Vocational Deacon, a wonderful preacher and chanter of the Gospel, who volunteers above and beyond for social justice issues. Come meat our Dean, who is taking sabbatical now to finish work on social justice papers. Come meet the retired Canon (in RC circles, that would be "Monsignor") who is filling in with joy and gusto and love. Come meet our Wardens, who are putting together a project for young lay Episcopalians to live in our Rectory and invite young people to work for social justice with us. Come meet our Choir, one of the best in the nation, and the LGBTQ group that runs nearly every social function in the Cathedral parish.

        We are hopeful, happy, hard working people that believe in the best in people. None of us are fundamentalists. No one believes the world was created in six 24 hour days. We are anti-war. A bit on the Palestinian side, which, I'll admit, is something that is not uncommon in the Episcopal Church.

        But we are brave. Our Bishop is a peach. We're out there in the community. We're doing more than lampooning Leviticus and Deuteronomy. We're living the Gospel.

        If the Virgin Mary were alive and pregnant and living in Texas today, Rick Perry would find a way to deny her WIC and Medicaid. equalitymaine.org

        by commonmass on Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 05:09:21 PM PDT

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