As always atheists must bring this issue, thier "wunderwaffe"... Children have been abused by Christians, Jews, Muslims, atheists, teachers, policemen, engineers, bankers, jobless, priests, rabbis, immams, rich, poor, women, men, white, black, yellow...
I'm not denying this, and like it or not, you're actually illustrating my point. My whole point is that people are people, wether they call themselves Christians or Muslims doesn't change anything. That's the actual point I'm trying to make here. I'm not singling out one particular religion.
A great example of overwhelming acceptance indeed :)
Nice try, but I do accept people who have a belief. Because a belief is personal. You're allowed to believe, and you're allowed to talk about it. I simply oppose the religious aspect, which is basically a form of fascism. I don't think it's a complete mystery to most people that religion imposes its ideas on people. Often the church convinces the community, and then uses the community to pressure people to believe in their ways.
I don't pressure anyone. I simply speak my mind, and I discuss these things in all honesty, and I'm also more than honest enough about my own shortcomings. I don't claim to have all the answers, I don't claim to know it all. Do you see the difference between having faith, and having a religion? I accept everyone.
But that's nothing unusual, generally the people, who scream the loudest for tolerance, acceptance etc. tend to be very intolerant.
I'm as tolerant as a human being can be. I will never judge anyone, but religious people? They call everyone who doesn't see it their way a devil worshipper, a servant of Satan, corrupted, evil, wrong or sinful. Should I promote such tolerance? How about Gays or Lesbians? They are human beings too! Or how about people who like sex with a lot of people? Does the church accept or even tolerate those people? I'm tolerant, and that's why I oppose religion. I don't oppose people who have faith in something, and I don't stigmatize people for having a personal belief. I oppose fascism, collective thinking, mass-hysteria and the social stigmatizing of innocent people.
It's interesting you didn't quote anything from my other posting though, because you can clearly read there how I feel about having faith, and I know what unconditional love really means. I hope you understand that in my personal conviction, there's a huge difference between religion and belief. Belief should be something personal. Belief should be about tolerating, accepting and forgiving. Belief should be about understanding our own human nature, instead of condemning and judging ourselves.
You could do some research for yourself, and look it up in the Nag Hammadi.. You can find a quote there, from early Christian texts, which reads: There is no sin. Do you know who supposedly said that? Jesus supposedly said that. (I say supposedly, because I don't know, because I was born in 1980, and not in the year 0. I wasn't there. I don't know. God never told me anything either.) I prefer to keep things simple and down to earth, which is exactly why I don't claim to have the absolute truth.