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I dunno ... don't forget major organized religions.
It's very possible that they have caused more suffering, death and wars than anything.
I don't know where that rumor originates from, but it always bandied about by the religion hater crowd, and it's historically inaccurate as heck...
The only people who seem to make their wars about religion are the Muslims, but they make EVERYTHING about religion.
Please tell me how the big wars, such as WWI & II, or Korea and Vietnam were about religion? How about Napoleon? The American civil war? The American Revolutionary war? How about the Falklands?
I'm having a hard time thinking of a major war that was religion based going back to the 30 Year War.
The majority of wars have been fought over land, which in essence goes back to resources, wealth, and greed...
reply to post by LDragonFire
Great...the spokesperson for the conservative GOP has now alienated another huge voting segment of the electorate.
He has mostly already alienated women, the disabled, minorities. His base of conservative white men is solid but Rush's strategy to win elections might as well be thought up by a hillbilly heroin addicted ....
radio.about.com...edit on 2-12-2013 by olaru12 because: (no reason given)
So let's not tell it how it is in the name of votes, huh!
Let's all cower in the presence of voting blocs!
That's the problem with the GOP. As a life-long republican, I'm very dissatisfied with my party because they are doing exactly what you suggest...let's keep our mouths shut so as not to offend any voting blocs. Yeah, that seems to be working lately, huh?
Distributism (also known as distributionim or distributivism) is an economic ideology that developed in Europe in the late 19th and early 20th century based upon the principles of Catholic social teaching, especially the teachings of Pope Leo XIII in his encyclical Rerum Novarum and Pope Pius XI in Quadragesimo Anno.
According to distributists, property ownership is a fundamental right and the means of production should be spread as widely as possible rather than being centralized under the control of the state (state socialism) or of accomplished individuals (laissez-faire capitalism). Distributism therefore advocates a society marked by widespread property ownership and, according to co-operative economist Race Mathews, maintains that such a system is key to bringing about a just social order.
Distributism has often been described in opposition to both socialism and capitalism, which distributists see as equally flawed and exploitative. Thomas Storck argues that "both socialism and capitalism are products of the European Enlightenment and are thus modernizing and anti-traditional forces. In contrast, distributism seeks to subordinate economic activity to human life as a whole, to our spiritual life, our intellectual life, our family life".
The concept of living a unselfish, unworldly, sharing life may seem like “communism” or “socialism” to American conservatives, but in reality they are Christian concepts. Unfortunately most Christian conservatives are so caught up in a lifestyle of selfish greed, that they don't even realize its the wrong attitude from a biblical perspective. Christ certainly was not a capitalist, and he never had anything good to say about people engaged in that “worldly” lifestyle. In fact Christ lived in a communist fashion, out of a “common purse”, and off the “socialist” charity of his followers.
Somewhere along the line it has become accepted by most US Christians that capitalism is somehow supported by God. When the truth is that capitalist greed has caused the majority of the worlds pain, suffering, death, wars, exploitation of the environment, depletion of natural resources, etc...
Forget, for the moment, that he is the pope, and that Holy Father Francis’ apostolic exhortation last week was addressed “to the bishops, clergy, consecrated persons and the lay faithful.” Even if, like me, you don’t fall into one of those categories and also take issue with the Catholic Church’s teachings on a number of contested social issues, it is difficult to deny the inherent wisdom and clarity of the pontiff’s critique of the modern capitalist economy. No one else has put it as powerfully and succinctly.
It is an appraisal based not on “just pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope,” as Rush Limbaugh sneered, but rather the words of Jesus telling the tale of the Good Samaritan found in Luke, not in “Das Kapital.” As opposed to Karl Marx’s emphasis on the growing misery of a much needed but exploited working class, Francis condemns today’s economy of “exclusion” leaving the “other” as the roadkill of modern capitalism: “Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape.”
from: Robert Sheer at: www.commondreams.org...
reply to post by ketsuko
Jesus said render unto Caesar that which belongs to Caesar, render unto God that which belongs to God.
Jesus whipped the money changers at the temple and said it would be easier for you to put a camel through the eye of a needle than a wealthy man entering heaven.
Jesus didn't stay with the elite of society he stayed with the poor and the people provided food water and shelter. Socialism