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Another example of forcing non-believers to follow rules of a religion

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It seems that when religions become powerful, they are eager to force non-believers to obey the rules of the religion. Here’s another example.

And there’s no reciprocity: the Catholic church in Los Angeles, for example, went to great lengths NOT to obey the laws on pedophilia. They are saying that in 1980 it was not understood how damaging pedophilia was to the victims, but (strangely) there were laws against the practice, and the Catholic church deliberately found ways to disobey the law, in letter and in spirit. See, the law wasn’t their rule.

And here’s yet another example: nonbelievers must obey what any religion holds—is that going to work?

Written by LeisureGuy

30 January 2013 at 2:14 pm

Posted in Religion

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  1. I have a fervently scripturally religious friend (I knew him before he converted) who likes to say that he follows God’s laws first, and man’s laws only to the extent that he doesn’t want to get caught and suffer penalties. He is a terrible and remorseless minor scofflaw who rationalizes his behaviour with this God’s Law/Man’s law dichotomy. Self-evident truth is a dangerous slope.

    Steve

    1 February 2013 at 2:11 am

  2. Should he be one of those who believe that Jesus is God, remind him that one of God’s laws is “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s” which includes (as the LA Cardinal and some Bishops are discovering) obeying state and Federal law regarding sexual offenders who molest children.

    LeisureGuy

    1 February 2013 at 7:53 am

  3. He’s not. But in the end it doesn’t matter. As you may have discovered, the scripturally religious are the masters of motivated reasoning and have had a few thousand years to perfect their counter-arguments to any objection or question one might present. I don’t know how much contact you’ve had with scripturally religious people, but I’ve spent the last 40 years regularly interacting with them and, frankly, it’s hopeless. Just an exercise in frustration. Any point one brings up they counter with a knowing look of pity; poor soul you are under the Devil’s influence!

    Steve

    1 February 2013 at 1:19 pm

  4. I imagine you’re right. I wonder, though, what effect the Internet will have on their children, free now to peek at other views.

    LeisureGuy

    1 February 2013 at 1:22 pm


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