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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 850 ananda 25-Feb-04 13:21
Re: Crucifixion runs through many religions/myths 302 David L 25-Feb-04 16:36
Re: Crucifixion runs through many religions/myths 298 ananda 25-Feb-04 17:12
Everything came out of the Logos 298 Milo 25-Feb-04 17:40
Re: Crucifixion runs through many religions/myths 244 sunbeam 25-Feb-04 21:03
Re: Crucifixion runs through many religions/myths 292 Milo 25-Feb-04 21:14
Re: Crucifixion runs through many religions/myths 259 sunbeam 25-Feb-04 21:38
The Universal Redemption Motif 277 Milo 25-Feb-04 22:17
Re: The Universal Redemption Motif... cont. 300 Milo 25-Feb-04 22:34
Thanks, Sunbeam 300 ananda 25-Feb-04 21:35
Re: Thanks, Sunbeam 268 sunbeam 25-Feb-04 21:51
Re: Thanks, Sunbeam 276 ananda 25-Feb-04 22:59
Re: Thanks, Sunbeam 314 Milo 25-Feb-04 23:24
In the Beginning God... 296 Kboldt 25-Feb-04 21:31
Re: In the Beginning ... the psyche 283 ananda 25-Feb-04 21:50
Re: In the Beginning ... the psyche 314 sunbeam 25-Feb-04 21:56
Re: In the Beginning ... the psyche 332 Shawnzi 26-Feb-04 03:03
Re: In the Beginning ... the psyche 285 ananda 26-Feb-04 04:35
Re: In the Beginning ... the psyche 273 Milo 26-Feb-04 04:50
Re: In the Beginning ... the psyche 259 Shawnzi 26-Feb-04 05:59
Re: In the Beginning ... the psyche 328 Lee McGiffen 26-Feb-04 08:13
Re: Moderator's note 259 Jaimi 26-Feb-04 16:49
Mod remark / End of thread 467 Kees 26-Feb-04 18:05
A Request for Moderation from a Moderator 260 Milo 26-Feb-04 16:08
I thought you were going to quit answering my posts 296 ananda 26-Feb-04 16:16
Ananda's Soap Box 355 Milo 26-Feb-04 16:21
Re: Ananda's Soap Box 321 ananda 26-Feb-04 16:25
Re: Ananda's Soap Box 279 Milo 26-Feb-04 16:31
Re: In the Beginning ... the psyche 254 ananda 26-Feb-04 17:18
Re: In the Beginning ... the psyche 260 Milo 26-Feb-04 17:36


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