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  •  Do you want to talk not-so-distant history? (0+ / 0-)

    If so, the list is extensive.  Even in America there is a long tale written in blood of the appeasement of gods.  That is why, in these more civilized times, we prevent religious organizations from making the rules.  We've learned the hard way that people whose worldview is based on phantasmagoria seem to have an uncanny knack for turning to murder and other sundry unpleasantries to get their way.

    Think of it like one of those commercials for dandruff shampoo.  One man is complaining about religious zealots running amok in his country and the other man suggests that he try a secular shampoo based on Enlightenment principles like reason.  The first man says, surprised, "But Joe, you don't suffer from religious zealots running amok."  The other man replies with a smug grin, "Exactly, Bob."

    So, yes, the answer is none at present.  But this is not because of the advanced wisdom of (to paraphrase your original question) the religious authorities who administer our penal code, but rather because religious authorities don't administer our penal code.  Is that a bit clearer now?

    "Forecast for tomorrow? A few sprinkles of genius with a chance of doom!" -Stewie Griffin

    by quillsinister on Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 11:43:11 AM PDT

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