Mar 25, 2008 5:34 AM GMT
The crusades, the inquisitions, the conquistadores, the jihads, the holocaust, Huguenot massacre, English-Spanish war, Ireland, Oklahoma bombing, antipopes vs. popes, holy roman empire wars, Byzantine empire's Emperor Constantine's wars in the name of the cross, Arab-Israeli war, East Timor, Pakistan-India-Bangladesh, Iraq-Iran, mujahideen, janissaries, aztec/mayan/toltec wars to bring in human sacrifice, Inca human sacrifice, thugees, Yugoslavia, Mohameddan war to retake Mecca, early American witchhunts...
jarhead5536 saidHere we go again. I just love the way that atheist make sweeping generalizations about faith (all bad). I say in my profile that I'm not pushy about my faith, but you guys are making me do this.
All religious faith is not equal. There are some of us that really believe that faith can be, CAN BE, a force for good in the world. Even the most cursory reading of the teachings of Jesus reveals a humanistic philosophy of unconditional brotherly love, social justice and tolerance, nay, acceptance of all kinds of diversity. Men have certainly come along and perverted these pure ideals, but that is no excuse to abandon them.
So much of the hatred towards religion in the gay community (particularly against Christianity) seems to be the direct result of fundie damage inflicted early on in childhood. Christian fundamentalists have strayed so far from the teachings of the philosopher Jesus that their "Christianity" is almost unrecognizable as such by true Christians.
About this time a guy used to come along and call me a weak minded follower of a false belief system, but alas, he is no longer among us. Anyone else want to jump in here?
Damarco saidReligion is unnecessary. You can believe in God and even the teachings of his divine willed prophets without having to organize and have an agenda. If that religion asks that you convert then it is going against the true notion of God, which is to leave us to free will.
Just my two cents.
Trance23 saidWell technically religion doesn't kill anyone. Religion is not an object able to directly impact us. People under the influence of religious thinking kill people.
The brain is hardwired for experiences and perceptions that lead to belief in the supernatural. 2000 years ago we didn't know any better so we invented christianity out of existing myth. Today we people can't really die then come back after three days.
The danger of religion today is that it provides an authority base for legal decisions.