by Barney68 (2012-12-10 11:19:32)
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  In reply to: I think you can do better than that!  posted by captaineclectic

if your point is that governments run by clerics may be worse than situations where the church and state are separate, you win. Power corrupts and all that.

But if your point is that religious organizations are protective of people's rights, well, let's go beyond the Inquisition to the Crusades, southern usage of biblical passages to justify slavery, forced conversions of folks from one religion to another (Jews to Christians, Christians to the Roman Gods), English Protestant oppression of the Catholics, the European religious wars after the Reformation, the...but you get the picture.

Churches and religious organizations have a mixed record at best when it comes to defending human rights. Believing otherwise is to ignore history.


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