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Or do you perhaps have an argument that extends beyond your say-so? Preferably one that doesn't involve lying about what some prominent figure said or did not say. Checking all your quotes gets somewhat tiresome after a while.
Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.
I have no comment regarding your other baseless accusations.
You claimed that calling a religion evil implied ignorance of its scriptures. Or, making the same statement in a slightly different order, reading a religion's scriptures automatically makes you believe that it is not evil. Otherwise, you asserted, one is "close-minded."
Now, there's a couple of different reasons why simply reading a religion's scriptures might not suffice to convince an open-minded person that said religion is not evil. First and simplest, the scriptures might be evil. This is the case for the pseudo-economic doctrines of the so-called "Austrian School," for instance. The more thoroughly an open-minded person reads their scriptures, the more liable he is to become disgusted with them and renounce their creed as evil.
Second, a religion's scriptures are a minor and on the whole uninteresting part of it. They certainly cannot in and of themselves redeem a religion that should be condemned on its actions and practises. Even if Dianetics were the most beautiful literature ever written, it would not change the fact that Scientology is a Ponzi scam with a bad attitude.
The Middle Ages were also known for the breathtaking sophistication of their sculpture, drama, music, visual arts, technology and mathematics.
In reality idiot theocracy held back development by a millennium or so. It wasn't until the Greeks were rediscovered that Western culture started moving again.
True, some of the cathedrals aren't bad, although the architecture is obviously a descendant of imperial Roman building traditions.
It's a shame the people who built them were confused.
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