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  •  Within every religion there is a faction (1+ / 0-)
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    usually called "fundamentalist" or "orthodox" who exhibit cult like behavior.  You are missing some information if you think that Judaism is exempt from this type of behavior or leader worship.  Any woman who lives in a fundamentalist orthodox sect of Judaism can tell you that what the rabbi says goes and you do not question his interpretation of what the Law says, even if it is personally degrading or dehumanizing.

    Why would the Dalai Lama insist on being called "Your Holiness" rather than by his first name if he doesn't think he is a special human being?  The whole premise of who gets to be in this position is based upon magical testing of childen who are considered "special" inheritors of reincarnated past leaders.  That in and of itself sets the Dalai Lama on a different plane than the rest of us.

    Judaism, Christianity and Islam are three branches of the same tree with its roots in the Abrahamic traditions. They have much in common... the biggest commonality being they think they are chosen, or favored or the most blessed of a "God".  In other words, their common root is arrogance and quite often aggressiveness. All three of these branches have brought misery to this world because of this rooted attitude, and all are very capable of setting up certain humans among their traditions as beyond scrutiny.

    •  I disagree with your religious analysis. (0+ / 0-)

      Where do you think the source of all liberalism and the belief in the sanctity of human life comes from? in the world comes from? But that is neither here nor there. I still maintain that communities that are run with integrity and strong moral and ethical guidelines, are usually better at taking care of their problems than the civil authorities. I hope that does not make me a tea party candidate.

      "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

      by shmuelman on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 09:44:42 AM PST

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      •  Please elucidate this comment? (2+ / 0-)
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        I still maintain that communities that are run with integrity and strong moral and ethical guidelines, are usually better at taking care of their problems than the civil authorities.
        Are you stating that you agree with the Rabbi and that the alleged victim of child sexual abuse should not notify the police?  Or am I misreading you?

        "...I am the master of my fate/I am the captain of my soul" Invictus - William Ernest Henley Please donate to TREE Climbers, our 501(c)(3).

        by Roxine on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 10:02:11 AM PST

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      •  My comment is not analysis... (2+ / 0-)
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        it is history .... it is world events even now. If you think that the three religions I mentioned are the "source" of liberalism or the belief in the sanctity of life, then I guess you didn't read the texts.  You might want to explain that to the Egyptian children in the Passover story or those caught in the crossfire of land grabbing to form the nation of Israel. You might want to explain that to the victims of the Crusades or the children and pregnant women caught in the crossfire of Jihadism.   In fact, your statement has so small of a relationship to reality, I'm not sure I even needed to address it.

        In these communities that you feel should be shielded from the laws of the larger community of nations, just which "strong moral and ethical guidelines" are you referring to?  Is the rabbi depicted an example of them?

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