hi everyone, i visit ha'aretz message board on a regular basis for the simple reason that i do get a unique opporunity to view how a (very) few number of people view subjects of global relevance from a local (though how representative?) opinion. my experience of israelis, from having lived there for quite some time in the past, is of a very educated bunch of people who love to get their teeth into an open and frank discussion. but there are always taboos. here we are equating the modern catholic church with the oppression of the jews. this is a subject worthy of several volumes of research. of the billions of catholics that live around the world (and you will view me as one, even though i do not practice religion and have not stepped in a church in about 5 years! - how sad..) you do not hesitate to associate those people who are religiously catholic (south americans, africans among them) with a culpability ingrained in their psyche, even genes. I would not ask you to change your minds for their, or my, sake, as it's obvious that you do feel this way, and this is an important problem, but can we not even in our relative modern comforts step back and realise that the potential for evil is something that is in us a ALL- as human beings- as well as goodness and kindness. what good does it really do us - even from a survival point of view - to view such a large group with such deep seated suspicion. i'm not sayign you should not be suspicious, but maybe have more up to date criteria for judging people.
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