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The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
--Cornelius Tacitus (c. 116 A.D.)

Thursday, April 04, 2002
So the pope is too weak to do the stations of the cross. He may be the first in hundreds of years to retire. He can barely manage a paragraph deploring the priest-sex scandal.
Now he's
rebuking Israel for "humiliating" Palestine. What the FUCK? Where is the moral leadership? Sure the Vatican was all about appeasing Hitler but are they really that learning impaired? Is the church really anti-semitic deep down? As Instapundit says "This is absolutely outrageous, and calls for an immediate apology. What is wrong with these people?" Unfortunately that could apply to many of the church's actions.

It comes to something when Time magazine is showing more concern about the future of the church than the church is.
posted by Rachel 4/4/2002
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Here's an interesting historical comparison of the big three religions. My favorite line:

"Christianity also began as a persecuted religion; Islam was "born of the sword." Imagine how different Christianity would be if Jesus had been a conquering general who beheaded his enemies and if the apostles had expanded his military victories into a far-flung empire. (In this sense Judaism and Islam have some similarities all that Old Testament smiting and wrath but Judaism learned some humility, thanks to 2,000 years of persecution.)"

You begin to see the roots of the attitudes.

posted by Rachel 4/4/2002
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