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Child Rape, Penn State and the Catholic Church: Is Religion Especially Bad? | Belief | AlterNet


  1. Hi Tim,

    There is not much I would quibble about in Ms. Christina's analysis. I think the money quote is the following:

    "Atheists understand that human beings can do appalling things, for a wide variety of reasons: from grotesque sociopathy and a profound failure of even the most basic empathy, to the contortion of the entirely understandable tendency to be loyal to those we admire. Atheists even understand that horrors done within religious institutions are complex and multi-factorial, with motivations and after-the-fact rationalizations that are mirrored in secular life. We get it. Religion is not solely to blame for the horrors committed within its institutions and in its name.

    Religion just makes it worse."

    Indeed. I would only add that our collective response ought to be in favour of the welfare of the victims, and a renewed committment to ensure that such atrocities never occur in any of our religous or secular
    institutions again. I know you share that sentiment.



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