Religion rejects violence, maybe

The pope of the Catholic Church says that "genuine religion rejects violence and totalitarianism", which makes me wonder if he is unaware of the history of his own religion. But I might have been all for the pope telling such a lie if I thought it would actually help reduce religion-based violence, and for all I know that may indeed be his intention (the other possibility being that the pope only believes what he wants to believe regardless of truth). Unfortunately, I don't think it will do any good, and in fact be harmful, because it could enable religious people to think they are advocating peace when they are most certainly not. It's the same kind of thinking that allows a religious organization to claim that they hold life sacred while trying to eliminate both birth control and abortion or condemn the use of condoms that prevent the spread of HIV.

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    1. It's too bad that far too many people think the same way he does ("if something good is done by someone with my religion, of course it's thanks to my religion, but if something bad is done by the same person, of course my religion has nothing to do with it").

  1. The Vatican also denounced the UN Human Rights Declaration that included LGBT individuals for the first time ever (no surprise). They're the very antithesis of pro-life.

  2. Ironic, considering that discrimination against homosexual people were characteristic of totalitarian regimes such as Nazi Germany and the USSR.

    1. Hitler and his Nazi regime claimed they were doing what they did in the name of God (Got Mit Uns).

      "I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator." Adolph Hitler

      And totalitarian regimes are as much about control as are any religion. The only difference is that "The State" is god rather than any made up deity. It's only natural that gay people would be treated with contempt in such a society because, particularly in the past (before IVF and other means to allow them to have children of their own), they didn't churn out litters of new minions for the Homeland.

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