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Thread #147475   Message #3418298
Posted By: Joe Offer
11-Oct-12 - 06:36 PM
Thread Name: BS: Is Doonesbury going too far?
Subject: RE: BS: Is Doonesbury going too far?
Howard, I partly agree with you when you say, The extremists have a habit of becoming the mainstream, and my response applies also to what Kat says. I've experienced Mormons in Utah and Idaho, and they can be overbearing. Since they're the overwhelming majority, they have no need to learn to tolerate others - this seems especially true in eastern Idaho, although perhaps not in Pocatello where Rap lives (it's a college town).

I vehemently disagree with this statement from Howard: My point is that religions are not shy of criticizing others and expressing views which others find offensive. However when they are criticised or ridiculed they demand special protection. If religions are confident in their own essential truth, they should be robust enough not to be worried by criticism, however harsh and perhaps even unfair it may seem.

This is the rationalization that is the basis of all bigotry - taking a true statement about the misconduct of a few, and expanding it to apply to the entire group; and then using that expanded notion as rationalization for condemnation of the entire group and for taking action against individual members of the group simply because of their membership.

Romney has lived most of his life outside Utah and Idaho, so he has not been part of a Mormon majority. There seems to be no evidence that he has been overbearing in his religious beliefs and practices, so I think he should be given a break on his religion. HOWEVER, he has been pandering to the fucking Tea Party idiots since the campaign began and has lost his reputation as a reasonable moderate - and for that reason, he should not be elected President.

Excuse the French, but it seemed appropriate in light of this week's Doonesbury comics.