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More on Paul Haggis’ split with Scientology

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , on October 28, 2009 by arievergreen

David Gibson’s Is Scientology a Cult? Is Paul Haggis the Next Martin Luther? gives a little more information about the director’s split with Scientology over their support for Proposition 8.

Interestingly, Gibson suggests Haggis could improve rather than reject Scientology:

One mark of a “real” religion is its ability to reform or adapt. Some religions could be said to begin as cults and over time transform into religions. Similarly, religious traditions, or parts of them, can also degenerate into cults. But cults generally don’t last long because they are so obsessive and rigid that they cannot change in the face of challenges. Perhaps Haggis needs to start his own branch of Scientology. It’s a model that has worked before.

Judging by the inability of many “real” religions to, say, grant women and queer folks and people in other religions equal consideration and respect, I’m not sure that such a reform movement would do much to improve upon Scientology. Wouldn’t its transition from a questionably-culty new religion to a bonafide 100% legitimate religion just give them more power to control people?

Read Scientology: Ecclesiastical justice, Part 3 of 3 in a special report on the Church of Scientology, for a glimpse into the controlling world of this belief system.

Previously:
Links roundup: What’s up, religion?

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Links roundup: What’s up, religion?

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2009 by arievergreen

I’ve been saving these ones up – stories of ordinary people who are subjected to oppression for religious reasons. (And several of them resist successfully!) Isn’t religion supposed to improve our quality of life, not destroy it?

Links Roundup: Lots o’ wrongness

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2009 by arievergreen

I haven’t updated in a while, but I sure have saved up a lot of links! Here’s a whole batch of wrongness all over the world – and all of it done in the name of god.

Any of these stories speak to you? Please comment.

The Friendly Face Of Hate

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2009 by arievergreen

Gawker on Brian Brown, the executive director of the anti-gay hate group the National Organization for Marriage:

His job is to come up with rational-sounding logical-sounding arguments designed only to reinforce irrational prejudices while making sure those who hold those prejudices don’t have to feel bad about being prejudiced… All of Brown’s Debating Club arguments are built on simple, elementary fallacies, but that doesn’t actually matter, because he is simply coming up with justifications for bigotry.

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Some Lutherans may leave over gay clergy

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2009 by arievergreen

Some members of a Lutheran group that just decided to accept gay clergy are considering switching to the more conservative Missouri Synod… Members of both branches of the Lutherans say some ELCA members who oppose gay clergy might feel uncomfortable in the Missouri Synod for other reasons. While the ELCA has ordained women for more than 30 years and has a liberal attitude toward theology, the Missouri Synod does not ordain women as pastors and believes the Bible to be the inerrant word of God.

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Pastor Anderson: God Punishes Gays “With the Death Penalty”

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 27, 2009 by arievergreen

Pastor Steven Anderson believes in a God of hate, wrath and vengeance and he preaches his frightening message of hate to his congregation of young families three times a week at his independent, fundamental Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona.

One of his frequent subjects of scorn is homosexuality and Pastor Anderson teaches his followers to not only hate gays, but advocates that they be punished and executed with the death penalty.

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This is the same Pastor Anderson who thinks that Obama should “die and go to hell.”

Gay bishops may further divide Episcopal Church

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , on August 18, 2009 by arievergreen

Just to be clear here, the wrongness is in the Bible being used to hurt people, not in the reforming of the Church. I think it’s wonderful the Episcopalians have made so much progress, but it’s disappointing that some in the Church want to split it in half so they can continue to oppress gay people despite the reforms.

Roughly six years after the consecration of a gay bishop triggered divisions in the Episcopal Church, clergy and lay leaders have recently voted to accept other gay or lesbian bishops and also to develop rites for same-sex marriages… “We wouldn’t have been quite so forceful and quite so pained if people hadn’t misused the Bible to beat us into second-class citizenship,” [Thomas Jackson, president of Oasis California, an LGBT ministry sponsored by the Bay Area-based Episcopal Diocese of California] said.

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