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Interesting point Edward Cline

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Submitted by sara (United States), May 13, 2013 at 19:34

You say: "Christianity, as a religion, has never been "moderated"; it has only been barred from acquiring political power. All religions dispense with reason and rely on faith on the unprovable."

It is interesting point to discuss whether Christianity has become more moderate or simply divested from political power. I can think of several reasons why this cannot be the case. Christian groups do advocate for political goals and tend to employ the political system to make their voices heard. So does that make them moderate as opposed to those who use other means? I think the real distinction here is not whether a religion has been moderated or even banned; it is whether the religion in question advocates for proselytizing and expression through violence and murder. We can argue the first points all day, but the last point as concerns Islam, is simply a fact. You cannot claim that Islamists have more or less political power when that power usually ends up getting a lot of people killed.

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