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Sunday, July 06, 2014

Be not afraid

I read two articles today about very different subjects but both seemed to be about religious groups trying to inspire fear in their members ...

First, Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson writes at The Daily Beast about unwarranted conservatives fears of attacks on religious liberty ... Even After Hobby Lobby, the Religious Right is Still Terrified ...

[...] What can progressive people, and progressive religious people in particular, do to demonstrate that American culture is not trying to take away their freedom to pray, worship and believe as they wish? How can we speak to their fears in a way that gets them to understand that there is nothing to be fearful of? Vigilance, yes, is prudent and necessary in any free society, but fear bordering on paranoia—fear that is objectively unwarranted—is corrosive.

Religious freedom is something I would fight and die for. But I do not feel threatened by our precious separation of church and state in this beloved United States. That separation should not only protect religious people and communities from interference by the state, but should also protect the secular culture from unwarranted influence and control by the church, synagogue or mosque. Robert Frost got it right: fences make for good neighbors. And while church and state are good neighbors in America, it’s the fence between the two that make for real religious liberty.

Within only a day or two after the Hobby Lobby ruling, prominent evangelicals called upon President Obamato declare broad religious exemptions to his upcoming executive order banning discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people by federal contractors. Just stop and think about the image of religious people pleading for the “right” to discriminate against certain fellow citizens. What would Jesus do, indeed?!

I am keenly aware that such a view might be perceived by some as having a good dose of paranoia of my own. But I think that while oppression and discrimination against LGBT citizens can be demonstrated with ease and myriad examples, oppression of religious people by the government and society is much more difficult to document. Anti-gay sentiment is waning in American society, and with that forward progress, conservative churches will see a loss of credibility and a diminished effectiveness of their fear-mongering. That is as it should be. Neither the church nor the state is served by it.

The other article that made me think about the use of fear was this ... Vatican Officially Endorses Exorcism ...

[...] This move by the Holy See comes amid growing reports on the Catholic Church’s renewed interest in exorcism. Unlike his predecessors, Pope Francis makes frequent references to the devil. Last year, many saw his laying on of hands on a man allegedly possessed by demons as an act of purgation.

The church believes that demonic cases are on the rise because more people are exploring the dark arts (black magic and a host of other “satanic rituals”) with the help of information readily available on the Internet. Across Italy and Spain, dioceses are schooling more priests in administering exorcism rites. Training more priests in this field is also part of the church’s effort to sideline self-proclaimed exorcists.

“Diabolical possessions are on the increase as a result of people subscribing to occultism,” Father Francesco Bamonte, the president of the Italy-based IAE, told the Telegraph.


Blogger Victor said...

“Diabolical possessions are on the increase as a result of people subscribing to occultism,”

So, so true Crystal and as a matter of fact, they go as far as to disguise themselves as "Faith Healers" and what have you? Crystal, the only way that YA might be able to relax these days is to make US (usual sinners) "I" mean us gods your refuge! That means that you've got to cut all railroad parallel ties stuff
saying that you'll continue to agree to disagree with Victor.

Come on Crystal, you've managed to create parallel walls with Henrie, "I" mean Henry and you like him

so why can't YA do the same with Victor now?

As for YAR Americas,
"I" mean YAR good U.S. president speech that YA mentioned, we gods think that he's on the Left, "I" mean the Right track now. Don't take my godly words for "IT", just check with CNN for the expert godly facts and YA can't go wrong! Can YA NOW?

Crystal, you of all should know that Victor is only out to Mold her, "I" mean some of Mulder's cells agree with us gods that he's his own worst enemy and when push comes to shove, YA want to be on our godly side and not that skitso #2 Victor and his imaginary so called five per sent age "Jesus" cells. YA know as well as "I" do that this move by the Holy See which comes amid Victor's growing reports on the Catholic Church’s and if YA don't stop his skitso "Jesus", well the product will only be renewed interest in exorcism and...........................and.................and................


Go figure brothers and sisters? LOL :)

God Bless Peace

10:06 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Victor :)

3:02 PM  

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