interestingchap said[...] what kind of people do things like this, and they think they are christians, what a load of crap. They couldn't be any less christian.
No True Scotsman--there's currently no way to identify what exactly a "true Christian" is, and what's to say that a "real Christian" is somehow the exemplar of society? A true Christian might be someone who owns slaves and beats them, has multiple wives, and stones unruly children for all we will ever know. That "Christian" has somehow become a synonym for "good" is ridiculous--and if I didn't have thick skin, I'd even wonder if it were an insult towards non-Christians, or non-religious individuals in general.
If I ever had kids then they wouldn't go to a church school or a boarding school either, not a chance in hell. It is a breeding ground for these perverts.
is it a breeding ground for "perversion"? Once we answer that question--once we can identify what about this religious culture is creating these kinds of socially-abhorrent acts, or extremism, then
we'll be on the right path to reforming religious culture to the point where it falls in line with 21st Century morality and societal values.
I offer that maybe a culture which suppresses sexual freedom, and freedom of sexuality, is what creates people who become so desperate to perform sexual acts, that they take advantage of their socially empowered position in their church, and use it to take advantage of those who don't possess the ability to defend themselves, because they've been raised
(dare I say, indoctrinated) to pay deference to these 'higher ups' of the church.
I have nothing against people having beliefs or going to church for whatever religion they are but its just not my thing, just saying that so as not to offend 3/4 of the population.
Understand where you're coming from here--and atheists are less likely to burn your house down--but frankly, offense is taken
, not given. People can be offended by anything
, therefore it's absolutely impossible to never cause offense to somebody, and thus there's no point in trying.
Be fair, objective, honest, admit when you're wrong, be willing to apologize, be skeptical, be informed, be rational, be logical, be a critical-thinker, and then if you ever do
offend someone by accident, you can show them how you meant no offense, and that it is entirely up to them
to determine whether their supposed 'offense' is really worth possessing.
...I didn't actually visit this topic with the intention of making a post like this, but, there we go. Nothing personal to you or anything, InterestingChap, just wanted to use your remarks as a sort of platform to offer my own, subjective opinion.