Originally posted by thirdeyeaware
Understandable that you may be angry.
But the church as a whole has done more harm then good.
How bout the altar-boy molestations?
Personally i dislike them as much as any other religious group, due to the fact that they are basicly selling lies.
At best, its a well-funded cult that tricks people in believing their propaganda on how to act, what to think, what is moral and what is not. (ie.
Believe in what I tell you, or BURN forever)
And really, depending on where you were born, your religious views whould be different. Can't argue with that.
edit on 27-12-2010 by
thirdeyeaware because: Typo
edit on 27-12-2010 by thirdeyeaware because: added a few points
You've got a lot of problems with your statement.
....Crusades: While they were wrong, and the church does consider that a shameful part of their history, you said that they did more harm than good.
That's completely wrong. The crusades brought the west out of the dark ages through contact with the east. In fact, if not for the crusades, the west
would probably be less advanced than the entire east.
....Witch Hunts: Again, horrible, but not pointless. Many of those so called "witches" did do horrible things. They were known to specialize in
poisons and the like. Of course, plenty of innocent people were inexcusably killed, and that is wrong regardless of the reason.
....Anti-gay views: It's your opinion that that is a bad thing. In case you didn't know, church teachings require forgiveness and forbid
aggressiveness against "sinners". There are a huge number of catholics who would abuse gays, but the sad thing is, that is against their beliefs.
The problem here is not the faith, but the people. I'm not catholic and have gay friends, but I am against having gays get any special kinds of
rights like raising families (don't feel like explaining why. My opinion, so I have no obligation to explain anyway). This just goes to show that
there are people who can get along with gays while not agreeing with what they do.
....Altar-boy molestations: I'm pretty sure this covers a VERY small part of the catholics. I've heard of a few priests and others doing it, but
that's it. It's extremely rude to apply this to everyone in the religion.
....Basically, I know much of that is wrong, but often times we don't understand the circumstances behind what happened. Also, you have no right to
blame someone for having their own opinions on something. That's called free will. I know the end doesn't justify the means (well, some people are
sure to think otherwise), but it doesn't change the fact that some good came out of some of this as well. If you don't want to make a lot of
enemies, NEVER make absolute statements with something like "the church as a whole has done more harm then good" on something opinion based.