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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 665 ananda 25-Feb-04 13:21
Re: Crucifixion runs through many religions/myths 238 David L 25-Feb-04 16:36
Re: Crucifixion runs through many religions/myths 229 ananda 25-Feb-04 17:12
Everything came out of the Logos 234 Milo 25-Feb-04 17:40
Re: Crucifixion runs through many religions/myths 185 sunbeam 25-Feb-04 21:03
Re: Crucifixion runs through many religions/myths 223 Milo 25-Feb-04 21:14
Re: Crucifixion runs through many religions/myths 195 sunbeam 25-Feb-04 21:38
The Universal Redemption Motif 213 Milo 25-Feb-04 22:17
Re: The Universal Redemption Motif... cont. 236 Milo 25-Feb-04 22:34
Thanks, Sunbeam 236 ananda 25-Feb-04 21:35
Re: Thanks, Sunbeam 209 sunbeam 25-Feb-04 21:51
Re: Thanks, Sunbeam 210 ananda 25-Feb-04 22:59
Re: Thanks, Sunbeam 249 Milo 25-Feb-04 23:24
In the Beginning God... 233 Kboldt 25-Feb-04 21:31
Re: In the Beginning ... the psyche 219 ananda 25-Feb-04 21:50
Re: In the Beginning ... the psyche 244 sunbeam 25-Feb-04 21:56
Re: In the Beginning ... the psyche 256 Shawnzi 26-Feb-04 03:03
Re: In the Beginning ... the psyche 220 ananda 26-Feb-04 04:35
Re: In the Beginning ... the psyche 208 Milo 26-Feb-04 04:50
Re: In the Beginning ... the psyche 193 Shawnzi 26-Feb-04 05:59
Re: In the Beginning ... the psyche 262 Lee McGiffen 26-Feb-04 08:13
Re: Moderator's note 191 Jaimi 26-Feb-04 16:49
Mod remark / End of thread 350 Kees 26-Feb-04 18:05
A Request for Moderation from a Moderator 196 Milo 26-Feb-04 16:08
I thought you were going to quit answering my posts 230 ananda 26-Feb-04 16:16
Ananda's Soap Box 285 Milo 26-Feb-04 16:21
Re: Ananda's Soap Box 256 ananda 26-Feb-04 16:25
Re: Ananda's Soap Box 209 Milo 26-Feb-04 16:31
Re: In the Beginning ... the psyche 188 ananda 26-Feb-04 17:18
Re: In the Beginning ... the psyche 195 Milo 26-Feb-04 17:36


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