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Submitted by Claire (United States), Apr 10, 2008 at 22:53

Mohammed took a little girl as a wife. That detracts from any "rights" women might have. Unfortunately, you sound similar to an Episcopalian (a Christian group that teaches acceptance and equality) talking about how great Christianity is, while far more numerous Southern Baptists and Catholics teach a doctrine of control and denial of full humanity to whole populations of people.

I know one can cherry-pick from the Bible or Koran and find wisdom teachings, but the rest cannot be denied, and both books have verses that may be bone-chilling to an observer. I personally don't understand why anyone would feel a deep calling to actually join one of these groups--especially women, who are side-lined by most patriarchal cultures to some extent. But I know that people are gullible and if someone is manipulative, it's easy to convince others of all sorts of things.

I'd like to see more rational religions, like New Thought, Unity, Religious Science, Divine Science, etc. spread. I think these are healthier emotionally and practically, and they don't deny rights to any population of people. The so-called "revealed" religions are always going to create problems, because they all teach their own doctrine is correct and doom others.

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