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Who here is criticizing your faith? If you think it's me, you couldn't be more wrong! I believe that all faiths and belief systems should be respected; but I am appalled and properly horrified when a faith or belief system is used to harm others.

That's why you'll see me speaking passionately about the beauty and greatness of Islam, while properly deploring the Islamic fundamentalists who use and sponsor terror; and the same for Judaism and Christianity or whatever tradition.

What I'm criticizing is the way some Christians use the Bible and quote from it in order to harm or oppress members of groups they don't like. Historically, these groups have been Jews and homosexuals. Maybe I should try to post more snippets from A Distant Mirror to show the scholarship and historical foundation for this fact. I was planning to do this sooner, but got busy. Maybe tonight.

Anyhow, in a way, the ultimate oppressor is the class system, and Christianity can be seen as a tool and agent in furthering that oppression through its teachings and practices many of which foster a kind of childlike dependence on paternal authority. This, and the sexism inherent in the promotion and worship of a "male" god, is problematic, for it hinders the liberation of many and the ability of humans to do their own good thinking.

ananda

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Crucifixion runs through many religions/myths 613 ananda 25-Feb-04 13:21
Re: Crucifixion runs through many religions/myths 222 David L 25-Feb-04 16:36
Re: Crucifixion runs through many religions/myths 210 ananda 25-Feb-04 17:12
Everything came out of the Logos 217 Milo 25-Feb-04 17:40
Re: Crucifixion runs through many religions/myths 175 sunbeam 25-Feb-04 21:03
Re: Crucifixion runs through many religions/myths 209 Milo 25-Feb-04 21:14
Re: Crucifixion runs through many religions/myths 178 sunbeam 25-Feb-04 21:38
The Universal Redemption Motif 197 Milo 25-Feb-04 22:17
Re: The Universal Redemption Motif... cont. 220 Milo 25-Feb-04 22:34
Thanks, Sunbeam 219 ananda 25-Feb-04 21:35
Re: Thanks, Sunbeam 199 sunbeam 25-Feb-04 21:51
Re: Thanks, Sunbeam 192 ananda 25-Feb-04 22:59
Re: Thanks, Sunbeam 236 Milo 25-Feb-04 23:24
In the Beginning God... 219 Kboldt 25-Feb-04 21:31
Re: In the Beginning ... the psyche 205 ananda 25-Feb-04 21:50
Re: In the Beginning ... the psyche 229 sunbeam 25-Feb-04 21:56
Re: In the Beginning ... the psyche 233 Shawnzi 26-Feb-04 03:03
Re: In the Beginning ... the psyche 203 ananda 26-Feb-04 04:35
Re: In the Beginning ... the psyche 194 Milo 26-Feb-04 04:50
Re: In the Beginning ... the psyche 179 Shawnzi 26-Feb-04 05:59
Re: In the Beginning ... the psyche 245 Lee McGiffen 26-Feb-04 08:13
Re: Moderator's note 177 Jaimi 26-Feb-04 16:49
Mod remark / End of thread 313 Kees 26-Feb-04 18:05
A Request for Moderation from a Moderator 182 Milo 26-Feb-04 16:08
I thought you were going to quit answering my posts 216 ananda 26-Feb-04 16:16
Ananda's Soap Box 267 Milo 26-Feb-04 16:21
Re: Ananda's Soap Box 242 ananda 26-Feb-04 16:25
Re: Ananda's Soap Box 189 Milo 26-Feb-04 16:31
Re: In the Beginning ... the psyche 174 ananda 26-Feb-04 17:18
Re: In the Beginning ... the psyche 168 Milo 26-Feb-04 17:36


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