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Old 2010-12-18, 15:59   #1
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We are currently (and slowly) reading "The True Believer" and decided to look up some Eric Hoffer quotes. We found an interesting one:

"To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance."

Thoughts?
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Old 2010-12-19, 00:26   #2
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"To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance."
I would probably change the last part to "...but must observe his actions towards others."
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Old 2010-12-19, 00:50   #3
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"To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance."
Assumes that there is a religion that matches each persons type of intolerance. I am intolerant to all sorts of things, but I doubt there is a religion that matches. And even if there were a religion that matches I would deny professing faith to it, I would prefer to keep my options open towards changing my intolerances if I wanted to.
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We are currently (and slowly) reading "The True Believer" and decided to look up some Eric Hoffer quotes. We found an interesting one:

"To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance."

Thoughts?
Over simplistic.
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Old 2010-12-19, 15:24   #5
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If you'd like to expand on that comment, some of us would
love to hear your analysis.
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Old 2010-12-19, 17:10   #6
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Over simplistic.
Maybe, but it simply and vividly portrays an aspect of religion...
or summat... whatever that is (Paul Whitehouse)
many of us have a problem with.

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Old 2010-12-19, 18:46   #7
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We need a common definition of the term intolerance in order
to discuss its probably worst form, religious intolerance, which
might mean either intolerance of another's religious views or
that any religious view engenders intolerance.

Based on the first amendment of the US Constitution, it's clear
the we as a people deplore restrictions on the rights of
individuals to believe whatever they choose, so long as they
don't violate others' rights.

But individuals vary in their respect for the rights of others.
What can we do to eliminate religious intolerance?
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But individuals vary in their respect for the rights of others.
What can we do to eliminate religious intolerance?
Eliminate religion
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Perhaps you should express that view in the Religious Intolerance thread.

(Seems this is that thread so "never mind".)

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Old 2010-12-19, 20:15   #10
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Eliminate religion
(I removed your smilie.)

Since religion implies belief in some kind of God,
that might take some time. Are you suggesting
education as the means?
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(I removed your smilie.)

Since religion implies belief in some kind of God,
that might take some time. Are you suggesting
education as the means?
I think you may be mistaken (or, if you would like the impolite version, you are spouting drivel ).

Some religions do not believe in any kind of God. Buddhism, for instance, is atheistic.

Buddhism is generally regarded as a bona fide religion. Cases or various strengths could be made for scientific rationalism, communism and libertarianism being included as religious belief systems. Whether Scientology is an atheistic religion I will leave for others to consider.


Paul

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