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kweerwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-05 11:50 PM
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12. If churches want to talk about abuse, fine ...
... but they should talk about ALL forms of abuse, including the spiritual abuse churches have heaped on all sorts of people for the past millenium.

Kids? ... "Spare the rod and spoil the child." Beat that kid 'cause the Bible gives you carte blanche. Doesn't it say you should stone a disobedient child? Then anything short of killing the little brat is almost ... well, "liberal"!

Women? ... Hey, it's all your fault, ladies! If you hadn't have picked that damned apple and offered it to Adam, we'd still be running around naked in Eden. You women are a necessary evil, so shut up and keep your heads covered in church. And don't ever think you could actually be in the clergy!

Gays? ... Abominations worthy of death! Remember the story of Sodom (but the Genesis version, not the one in Ezekial and other books that claim it was pride, inhospitality to strangers and failing to care for the poor). We all know you horny homos wanted to rape those angels who visited Lot.

Blacks? ... You people are descended from Noah's son, Ham ... the one who got cursed to live in servitude. So, see, slavery really was OK. And remember that the Bible tells slaves to obey their masters, so quit being so "uppity."

Jews? ... It's bad enough you didn't recognize the saviour when he showed up, but then you went and killed him!

I've actually heard all these arguments made at some point in my life. And I have yet to hear the churches apologize for them. Oh sure, they sweep them under the carpet ... but to apologize for this kind of spiritual abuse? Never.
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