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The Catholic and Orthodox churches, and many Protestant sects, are mere commercial interests

I'm trying hard to take you seriously. Please don't make it harder than necessary.

Christian organisations (what about other religious communities, I wonder?) are mere commercial interests? You don't find it a tad arrogant to tell people they aren't in a Church for spiritual reasons, as a community of shared values, or simply because they want rites to accompany their lives, but just members of mere commercial interests, perhaps?

Btw., I find it interesting that Catholics and the Orthodox are Churches, while Protestants have sects. Care to explain where the difference comes from?

Many people stand up for the right of racists to spread their venom. Few people stand up for the right of communists to not be monitored by the political police

What are we to conclude from your words? That you believe everything that has a large support is wrong and therefore setting religious rights over the rights of the porn industry is wrong too?

In a democracy, the churches cannot be any closer to the halls of power than any other social gathering or commercial enterprise

Now it's becoming interesting. Church members and people who value the Churches form a very large proportion of the population. Why do you think you can teach them what democracy is? I think we have dismissed the commercial enterprise bullshit, so let's call it social gathering, if you must. Suddenly you discover that there are other "social gatherings", and that they are playing a role in political powerplay. Allottment gardeners, for instance. They are well organised and usually have no problem to get their point across. Astonishing how much influence they have. Does that make you as excited as influence of Churches? I think not. So what is it?

by Katrin on Fri Aug 31st, 2012 at 09:03:53 AM EST
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