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  •  "Core" of the religions? (none)
    "And while the religions may be different, the core of them is not -- opposition to rival faiths, hostility to science, interference in people's private lives, control over women's bodies, an irrational belief in the supremacy of the male over female, militancy, anti-intellectualism and a rejection of logic, an unassailable belief in their own righrousness, and the deifying of certain unelectable, unaccountable individuals as "spokesmen for god", be it Pat Robertson or the Ayatollahs."

    As a Christian I find the above statement offensive. I won't speak for Islam, but the "core" of Christianity is the teachings of Jesus Christ.

    I'll make you a bet kos -go find a Christian Bible and then quote me all the passages where Jesus advocates any of the ideas that you say are core to christianity. I'll wait (but I won't hold my breath).

    I agree with most of your postings -but here you're just wrong b/c you're doing exactly the same thing as the cons and tarring everyone with the same brush.

    This is also symptomatic of a larger problem that needs to be addressed -the religio-phobia of the left. Just try to identify yourself as a christian in a crowd of fellow liberals and see if you're not labeled crazy or stupid, or at the very least patronized.  

    I am a Christian, and I hate that the hypocrites twist the words of my savior to support their political (financial) agenda, but I reject the idea that the religion itself is dictated by their duplicity.

    The "American Taliban" may indeed have much in common with the Islamists but they do not speak for all (or even most) Christians.

    •  miscommunication, i think (none)
      "i'd say what we have here is a failure to communicate"

      i don't presume to speak for anyone but myself, but i don't think the statement is an indictment of christ's teachings per se.  rather it is an indictment of the motivations of a particular radical segment.  just as i don't smear islam as a whole because a radical political aganeda has used it to justify a cause, i don't smear christianity as a whole because some unseemly characters are abusing the power of their religion.

      i can certainly see why you would want to protect your right to your faith against disparagement. perhaps more precise language is in order, such as instead of the "core of christianity," the "core of those who abuse chirstianity" or the "core of those mother fuckers who wish to impose, through legislation,  their religious beliefs on my existence."?

      god don't like it, and i don't either- willie mctell

      by cereal breath on Tue Aug 23, 2005 at 04:10:39 PM PDT

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