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Re:Is religion a force for good in the world? 3 Years, 7 Months ago  
Still Mack cut and pasted:

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With a 24-7, 365 media…why is there dead air on this? Why the media blackout?


raggedclown showed that there is no media blackout on this story at all. At least, not on the "liberal media":

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The Boko Haram story is the lead story on the BBC and the Guardian websites... Guess what -- the same story is at the top of CNN News' coverage at this time of writing.


As usual, having been proved wrong, Still Mack changed the subject.
 
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Re:Is religion a force for good in the world? 3 Years, 6 Months ago  
Muslim terrorists or aggressors are always described as such, and we hear a lot (and rightly so) about the imperialist projects of Al-Qaida and other proponents of "the restoration of the Islamic Caliphate", but have you ever seen or heard what is happening in East Ukraine described as an insurgency inspired and supervised by ideologues of the Russian Orthodox Church? Because that is what it is.

They helped carry out Putin's grab of the Crimea, and the same people are now at work in the Donbass region of East Ukraine (or, as they themselves call it, I kid you not, New Russia). One of them has even become the elected prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic. All these people have strong links to the ROC and the ultra-conservative Zavtra newspaper, whose editor espouses what he openly calls "Russian fascism." Ironic, when you think that Putin used the so-called threat of Ukrainian fascism as an excuse for his Anschluss in the Crimea and for not recognizing the new Ukrainian authorities. (The two far-right candidates polled about 1% each in the Ukrainian presidential election, which shows how credible that story is.)

The Kremlin has been chewing over whether to back the loonies in "New Russia" just as it backed them in the Crimea, but has probably decided against it. The citizens of the Donbass are extremely apathetic: they may be Russians, but they are not that keen on fighting and dying for the chance to become part of Mother Russia, and it would not be bloodless,like the Crimean Anschluss. Unlike the Crimea, with its holiday resorts and the base of the Black Sea Fleet, the Donbass is not that valuable to Russia. So at the moment, at least, it will keep the Orthodox warriors in check.
 
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Re:Is religion a force for good in the world? 3 Years, 4 Months ago  
Catholic man beaten to death for eating meat on a Friday during Lent

http://weaselzippers.us/194856-bangladesh-mob-beats-man-to-death-for-not-fasting-during-ramadan/
 
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Re:Is religion a force for good in the world? 3 Years, 2 Months ago  
Quiz question. In 1994, the Greek Orthodox Church declared X as "one of the most prominent sons of our Lord Jesus Christ working for peace" and decorated him with the nine-hundred-year-old Knights' Order of the First Rank of Saint Dionysius of Xanthe.

Who was this peacemaker so honoured by Greek Christians? Clue: he is one of the worst mass murderers of the past 20 years and the verdict in his trial for war crimes is expected very soon.
 
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Re:Is religion a force for good in the world? 2 Years, 11 Months ago  
Can somebody ask Bob about this again?
 
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Re:Is religion a force for good in the world? 2 Years, 8 Months ago  
I have been enjoying the hullabaloo over Religious Freedom Restoration Acts in Indiana and elsewhere. It seems that people are finally growing up even in parts of America in which the dead hand of religion seemed destined to arrest development forever.

What are RFRAs but a demand by religious folk for the law to recognize them as just as special as they regard themselves? The other day, some bible-belter opined that soon religious liberty will mean nothing more than the freedom to worship in a temple of your choice. And what else should it be? There are already too many special provisions for the religious in legislation in countries in which everyone is supposed to be equal before the law.

I asked some religious people to comment on this, but they were too busy celebrating their specially protected Easter and Passover holidays to get back to me...
 
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Re:Is religion a force for good in the world? 2 Years, 7 Months ago  
After the Nepal earthquake, a Californian pastor chose the moment to brag about the superiority of his imaginary friend to their imaginary friends:

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Praying 4 the lost souls in Nepal. Praying not a single pagan temple will b rebuilt & the people will repent or receive Christ


Don't you just love that "lost souls" rather than "people killed" -- well, they had it coming to them!
 
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Re:Is religion a force for good in the world? 2 Years, 3 Months ago  
Yes, thanks for asking -- I am enjoying the case of Kim Davis, the four-times married Kentucky clerk jailed for refusing to do her job and issue marriage licences to gay couples.

Ms. Davis encapsulates everything that I deplore in religion, particularly evangelical Christianity -- its appalling ignorance, its rank hypocrisy, and, most of all, its epic narcissism.

And shame on those Republican candidates defending her refusal to do the job she's paid for. I hear there's a case of a Muslim air steward who is complaining that he was fired for refusing to serve alcohol. No sign of Huckabee, Jindal, Cruz or any of the other goons rallying in his support!
 
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Re:Is religion a force for good in the world? 2 Years ago  
Why do ultraliberals obsess about God / religion ?

Religion is not evil...people are.

When I don't like something or it bothers me...I don't sit around and obsess about it.

I think of it as little as possible and don't worry about what other people think.
 
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Re:Is religion a force for good in the world? 1 Year, 7 Months ago  
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I think as little as possible


Now that I can believe.
 
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Re:Is religion a force for good in the world? 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
A Muslim kills 50 gays and Christians clap their flabby little hands and post Biblical verses. Now that's what I call ecumenism.
 
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Re:Is religion a force for good in the world? 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
This is Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Rus, the ex-KGB officer and cigarette billionaire who heads the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC). Here he poses with a couple of gentoo penguins, to which he shows a remarkable resemblance in these threads.



I've just translated an interesting article about how the ROC makes its money and what it spends it on. Like all churches, the ROC is not exactly forthcoming with this information. The Vatican Bank published its first financial report in...2013. Anyway, whether it's the Eastern or Western church, there sure is a lot of money to be made out of a guy who preached poverty and claimed that it's easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven (that's very likely to be a misprint in the original Greek, by the way. "Jesus" probably said a rope rather than a camel, the words being very similar in Greek. Think about it, why a camel? A rope makes much more sense).
 
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Re:Is religion a force for good in the world? 1 Year, 5 Months ago  


This is Colonel Eyal Karim, the Israeli army's new chief rabbi. A few years ago, he was asked by a fellow believer a question that no morally normal person whose mind hadn't been warped by a "great religion" would need clarifying: Does the Torah permit soldiers to commit rape in wartime? Here is his answer:

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Although intercourse with a female gentile is very grave, it was permitted during wartime out of consideration for the soldiers’ difficulties.

And since our concern is the success of the collective in the war, the Torah permitted [soldiers] to satisfy the evil urge under the conditions it stipulated for the sake of the collective’s success.


Rape is not "grave," only intercourse with a gentile, you will note. In any case, both are kosher if that's what the "collective" requires.

In fact, the rabbi is being a bit coy, a bit politically correct, perhaps, as there are places in the Torah where God positively commands the Israelites to commit rape.
 
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Re:Is religion a force for good in the world? 10 Months ago  
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The global scale of the Catholic clergy’s sexual abuse scandal becomes harder for the Vatican to deny with each shocking national inquiry. The latest, from Australian government investigators, found that from 1980 to 2015 there were 4,444 victims of abuse and at least 1,880 suspected to be abusers, most of them priests and religious brothers

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/13/opinion/australias-grim-toll-in-the-churchs-sex-abuse-scandal.html?emc=edit_th_20170213&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=28368582
 
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Re:Is religion a force for good in the world? 7 Months, 1 Week ago  
Just when I think "Christians" can't act any less, well Christian, comes the story of the Louisiana funeral parlour that refused to cremate the body of an 85-year-old man when they found out he was gay. They just couldn't resist the frisson of upsetting the man's grieving 82-year-old partner of 50 years, right on the day of the funeral, and his nephew, who'd made all the arrangements to spare his uncle unnecessary distress. The suckers! Anyway, not to worry, this is all perfectly legal in Louisiana and most states of the US. Proof positive that freedom of religion means, above all, the freedom to be a dick.

Well, I rapped upon a house
With the U.S. flag upon display
I said, “Could you help me out
I got some friends down the way”
The man says, “Get out of here
I’ll tear you limb from limb”
I said, “You know they refused Jesus, too”
He said, “You’re not Him
Get out of here before I break your bones
I ain’t your pop”
I decided to have him arrested
And I went looking for a cop

I ran right outside
And I hopped inside a cab
I went out the other door
This Englishman said, “Fab”
As he saw me leap a hot dog stand
And a chariot that stood
Parked across from a building
Advertising brotherhood
I ran right through the front door
Like a hobo sailor does
But it was just a funeral parlor
And the man asked me who I was.
 
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