Mel Gibson and similar über-Catholics, the rhetoric and actions of the Israeli religious right, jihadis etc etc. Nor does one have to go all the way back to the Crusades to find destruction wrought by the Xtian variant of Abrahamic monotheism: religious wars, European and US colonialism, 'enlightening the savage' 'the white man's burden' 'manifest destiny', etc; horrible actions justified and rationalized with the use of the 'founding documents' in the name of spreading the Truth, saving souls and 'civilizing the world', and of course if ya made a buck along the way and gained worldly power, well that's just gravy and obviously God wanted you to succeed. And contrary to what you want to believe, it is a mindset that still exists in the common mass outside of the world of televangelists. As to Xtians being less vocal and timid? Really?, seems to me every-time I turn around some new mega-church has stuck a postcard or pamphlet in my front door inviting me to hear the 'Truth' (whatever that is), and that doesn't include the similar stuff that shows up in the mailbox with boring regularity addressed to 'Our Friends at', y'all can keep that crap, I'm not your friend nor do I want to be.
None of that is a creation of Hollywood, talk about a strawman. You lot really need to find a new bogeyman.
'Founding documents', that's a laugh, made up fairy tales that are no more truthful than any other set of religious myths and stories, be they the Vedas or the Popul Vu, it's all
fabrication. Yep, there have been Hindu and Buddhist religious wars and fanatics, Meso-American religions were dominated by blood cults, the Romans used religion as an excuse
for wiping out Carthage (of course it was really about power) etcetera, however none have amassed the body count of the Judeo/Xtian/Moslem Monotheists, heck your 'founding documents' are full of stories of the Israelites wiping out their enemies, because God said it was OK, which seems to be the favoured lesson adopted from said text. That and follow orders or be punished. 5000 years later and that drum still beats.
I notice you separated yourself from your Moslem brothers, rather telling in itself.
Oh yeah, the Neo-Pagans, Wiccans, New Agers, 'Magick' types and belivers in various forms of spiritualist woo-woo etc.? They are equally pathetic, but at least they are, for the most part, harmless.
As to the white-supremacist variants of Satanism and Neo-paganism?, well they're just whack.
Religion in all forms is fictional, so folks may as well believe in Lovecraft's cosmology as any other, at least he clearly stated it was all made up.
L'avion accuse ... Le Corbusier
This message has been edited by Jon_Farrelly from IP address 18.104.22.168 on Jan 17, 2012 1:05 PM