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Letter: The church poses the real threat to religion


August 25. 2013 9:06AM
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Christianity is its own worst enemy, not President Barack Obama. Pilgrims who once ran here to worship freely fled mainly from the tyranny of intolerance. The Henrys never could quite divorce the Church of England from the Vatican — and the Salem witch trials, America's brutal sidebar to the Inquisition, were one manifestation of English law as pre-configured by Rome. The founding fathers, when they proposed the separation of church and state, were not as wary of governmental impact on religion as they were terrified of the reverse happening.Countries to the south weren't as lucky. In almost total charge of affairs of state during colonial times, the church became proficient at accumulating wealth for its base empires and for itself at the expense of indigenous cultures through enslavement, appropriation and genocide. The impoverishment of those people, as a consequence, is much in evidence yet today. The religious freedom that pundits declare to be at risk because of Obama's health initiatives was never under serious attack before Christianity grew strong enough to threaten it. And an institution that has sanctioned torture, murder and the rape of civilizations retains questionable authority to dictate morality to anyone, let alone by threats of hell and promises of heaven, neither proposition which it can support.And neither of which has an effect on universal sexual misconduct. Millions die each year with sexually transmitted diseases. Retreat into a moral high ground as an effective response to this horror is so much living in denial. Reality is as bitter a pill as any hospital, Catholic or not, will ever prescribe.And it won't hurt to put a prophylactic dispenser in the seminary.



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