Collective Amnesia: Religious Wars

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what are you doing to make things betterBy Trace A. DeMeyer

Back in 1985, I sat quietly with a Catholic priest after my adoptive father’s funeral and asked, “can you tell me, what are the exact differences between the various religions?” He answered something very vague.

And it still needs an answer.

The first priest I’d asked was in junior high school; to answer he said I needed to read a few books.  What he gave me was no help at all.  It seems if you want a straight answer, you don’t ask a religious leader like a priest. Maybe they can’t answer because you are not supposed to question them or their dogma?

Or even worse, bring up something like the Inquisition.

(Google search) While the positive suppression of heresy by ecclesiastical and civil authority in Christian society is as old as the Church, the Inquisition as a distinct ecclesiastical tribunal is of much later origin:

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How Those Who’re Paid to Know, Know The Pentateurch is Historical Fiction

Originally posted on the superstitious naked ape:

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Let there be no doubt whatsoever, to the Yahwehist – the practicing Jew, the Christian and the Muslim – whose entirereligiousfaith rides E X C L U S I V E L Y  on the historical validity of the Pentateuch this quote from Israel’s oldest daily Newspaper, Hareetz, is murderously troublesome in two torturously uncomfortable ways. Firstly, it announces without fanfare what’s been known within archaeological and scholarly circles for well over two generations: the entire Jewish foundation narrative is a myth, and characters such as Moses are nothing but inventive fiction knitted together to service the geopolitical needs and territorial longings of Judah after the fall of Mamlekhet Yisra’el (Kingdom of Israel) in 722 BCE. Secondly, and phenomenally more importantly, the author concedes in the last line that the field of biblical archaeology has not only flat-lined, but is now beyond hope of resuscitation.

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More religion as child abuse: Parents get stiff jail time for beating their child to death using Christian guidelines

Originally posted on Why Evolution Is True:

One hopeful sign that religious exemptions for child abuse are waning in the U.S. is the increasing frequency of convictions and jail time for parents who mistreat their children on grounds of faith. That includes not only withholding medical care, but, in this story, Biblically justified child-rearing (i.e., severe beatings).

According to The Daily News(and other sources like the Examiner), two parents have been sentenced to stiff jail time for religiously-inspired sadism:

A Washington couple accused of starving, beating and forcing their adopted daughter outside as punishment were sentenced Tuesday to decades in prison for her death.

Larry and Carri Williams were convicted Sept. 9 of manslaughter in the death of a teenage girl they adopted from Ethiopia. Carri Williams was also found guilty of homicide by abuse.

Hana Williams was found dead May 12, 2011, in the backyard of the family home in Sedro-Woolley, about 60 miles…

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What makes a person Christian, Muslim or Hindu? More importantly, why are there so few defections?

Originally posted on Enquiries on Atheism:

This question has two key facets that I see (and I don’t doubt my colleagues will be able to expand on them for me). But for the sake of opening the conversation on this issue I want to answer the question following two themes: you self-identify your religious belief and label, and people tend not to deflect because of how they learned the religion in the first place.

There are technical definitions of religions. It seems likely that the general body of Islam (i.e. most of the people that comprise it) would doubt that you could call a person why doubts the importance of Mohammed a Muslim. Equally, if you believe Jesus was born, die on a cross for our sins and rose again three days later then you are a Christian. If Jesus did not rise three days later, but still died for our sins, then I’m sure you’d…

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The Sick Biblical Literalism That Puts Children at Risk of Abuse and Even Death

bigstick1:

The disease of religion.

Originally posted on ValerieTarico:

Obey written on handIn 2008, Hana Williams was adopted from an orphanage in Ethiopia and brought to the United States where she died at the hands of her Bible-believing American parents. Their notion of Christian discipline required breaking her will, a remarkably common belief among conservative Evangelicals. To that end, they frequently beat her, shut her in a closet, and denied her meals. Ultimately, she was left outside where she died of hypothermia exacerbated by malnutrition. They were convicted of manslaughter this month.

Whoever spares the rod quoteIn carrying out their obsession with child obedience, Hana’s adoptive parents drew tips from Tennessee preacher Michael Pearl, whose spare-the-rod-spoil-the-child book, To Train Up a Child, has been found now in three homes of Christian parents who killed their adopted children. The title comes from a stanza in the book of Proverbs: Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old…

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The Superiority of Secularism.

bigstick1:

Excellent article.

Originally posted on Futile Democracy:

“I think our own hearts can teach us, no longer to look round for imaginary supports, no longer to invent allies in the sky, but rather to look to our own efforts here below to make this world a fit place to live in, instead of the sort of place that the Churches in all these centuries have made”
- Bertrand Russell.

Secularism is the natural and logical human reaction to the oppressive Patriarchal, Theocratic, Despotic, irrational, dogmatic, anti-human values that are so disagreeable to the human desire for freedom and equality.

Indeed, at its core, secularism is a level playing field, a natural system free from dogma that is conceived for the sake of anti-institutional-prejudice. That is why secularism is superior. It is that simple. Anything other than secularism tilts the playing field in one particular direction, thus becoming radically unfair. It then follows that anything other than secularism…

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