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    • anna (calif)
    • 13.09.05 | 23:41 (IDT)

    I see where you are coming from and admittedly, I am as harsh in my view of the religous crowd's pronouncements as they are of mine. I would love to be more tolerant, and offend them less, but that just seems to play into the hands of the most fanatic ones who are neither tolerant, nor enlightened. There is another issue at hand which is the truth as it is not as one would like it to be. Hence my issues with blind faith. I cannot very easily pretend to respect the viewpoints of those who advocate that a piece of land is theirs because some old, old ancestors lived there once and therefore they are fully justified in dispossesing those who live there now. Neither can I respect a viewpoint that is ignorant, justifies evil if it is done to ones not in one's tribe or group, professes belief in preposterous ideas/gods/concepts, and claims a hold on all morality. The way to go up against the dark forces of religion everywhere (and they are everywhere, and they are often - not always - dark) is to counter them head-on and insist on calling things by their name. If the bible reads (in places) like a fairy tale may be it's because it is, if it is redundant and preachy and xenophobic in other places, then so it is - no need to sugar coat it. If there are more enlightening passages (which there are) then that too can be pointed out in context. I simply treat that book (or the kuran or the new Testament) as I would any other ancient literature or epic, applying the same critical yardstick. So yes, you are quite right to point out that I use the emotional tools of the other side as a bumerang. But that is my role in these types of debates. Just as your role is to call for civility and mutual respect on all sides. I just wish that "they" (shimon-like zealots who are too far gone for any rational argument to get therough to them, using one example) were as understanding and civilized as you - in words and/or deed. Had they been able to shed the religiosity for just an instance, and admit their own humanity, I would waste no time in shedding my own harsh warrior attributes.

    from the article: Addicted to the poison of occupation
    First published 00:00 12.09.05 | Last updated 00:00 12.09.05
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