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posted by niklaus
“ . . under Turkish control, Palestine was allowed to have religions other than Islam . . one argument in 1917 for establishing a Jewish homeland . . “ [Edited by Don W]
From a sociological POV the function of religion is to provide answers for the unknowable so the average person can lead an average life without getting depressed not having answers to the unanswerable.
Each religion has mythology . . stories to illustrate and reinforce the principles of the religion . . religions have organized groups to teach and practice the requirements of the religion . . Churches are hierarchal . . In some cases large organizations become a shadow government. In countries where the church is the official religion, the result is not a virtuous government, but a corrupt church that manipulates religion to control the populace, while all sorts are drawn into the church to seek positions of power.
In the US we enjoy the separation of church and state. This does not prohibit a candidate from running on a religious platform or even in a church based party. The separation of church and state is what permits it.
Israel has a state religion . . Judaism. They have no tolerance for Islam . . the Islamic faith promotes education and strong family values. In it's purest form, Islam is not about violence, those that practice violence in the name of Islam are barred from Paradise . . the fanatics and criminals are the minority. BTW for the record, I am an Existentialist, and while there are Christian Existentialist, I am in fact an agnostic. [Edited by Don W]
Originally posted by KingMongolBlueHat
Correct, we need to destroy the three major religions if we ever want peace in the middle east. The world would be fine if everyone followed Confucious.
Originally posted by xmotex
Hamas, Israel, Hezbollah, the US, Iran, the UK, Syria, Saudi Arabia, France, the UN, Pat Robertson, Saddam Husein - by no means a complete list, and in no particular order.
All the parties involved bear responsibility for the situation we are in now.
No party involved in this is completely blameless.
So Bin Larden also could be forgived!
posted by thelibra
“ . . despite a cowboy president under the delusion that he can solo aggress the entire world and come out on top . . we always prefer a peaceful solution to a violent one. Even if the reasons are largely selfish we don't want our friends and family members to get killed, and we're sick and tired of war there is no shame in desiring a peaceful resolution. [Edited by Don W]
Originally posted by Shar
HATE IS RESPONSIBLE and to be honest just about everyone over there in the middle east says the same thing I hate Jews and I hate Americans usually in the same breath they'll say this. so looks to me that Hate is responsible