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I grew up in "compulsory atheism". There I learned that religion is a "Poisson for masses" and that I should believe in Marx, Engels and Lenin (Stalin was already expelled from our books).
I ended up being something more like religious person (it would be pretentious for me to say that I am devoted Christian). Still I have religious feelings and I want to have my right to be respected as such a person.
Church as an institution in my eyes is created by men and there for I feel free to criticize it as well as I can criticize any other man made institution.
But I really feel offended to be treated like an idiot just because I have religious feelings. My believes are my private matter but also I want to be able to go to my Church freely without being offended. My Church hasn't been built with tax payers money and is not state owned (except when it is confiscated) so PR or similar have no right to get in and offend me. They may have right to enter Parliament or some similar state owned property and protest as much as they want. They may offend Patriarchy as a public person but not my religion as such. Because it is an offense (religious hatred as they are convicted of). They knew it and they did it in their right mind...and are paying the price (all tho draconian but it is Russia so be it).      

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Thu Aug 30th, 2012 at 01:15:07 PM EST
I grew up in "compulsory atheism"

and it wasn't pretty. maybe opium is good for some people.

the official church is the other face of the same medal as communism was.

communism said there was no soul, religion said there was, but you didn't have the right to it until you surrendered independent, critical thinking and swallowed gallons of their flava koolaide.

the takeaway seems to be bad religion may be better than no religion.

or religion, with all its warts, carbuncles, nose hairs and funny smells is better than the total desoulment proposed by atheist governments.

no wonder we're so screwed up...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Sep 2nd, 2012 at 05:30:14 AM EST
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"Poisson for masses"

as inadvertent puns go that's pretty funny...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Sep 4th, 2012 at 08:22:16 AM EST
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Gimme some pain with that poisson.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Sep 4th, 2012 at 08:23:23 AM EST
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