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Submitted by Josh (United States), Nov 21, 2006 at 23:59

The fact is that every religion, if you look closely, justifies good and bad things. I;m all for criticizing religion, but I take a "universal offender" approach to it. If you're going to ridicule one, say Islam, you can't say "Christianity is the one true faith because you can go one forever about the absurdities of Christianity. As for Judaism, since much of Christianity's absurdities come from the old Testament it applies to Judaism too. By the way I was born and raised Jewish but now consider myslef agnostic. But there are cultural ties to all these religions and i still follow some of the Jewish traditions.

The real lesson in all of this is to recognize an absurdity when you see it. For example lighting candles for eight nights for hanukkah is a harmless traditon that's been going on for thousands of years. But justifying slavery and murder for breaking the sabbath is insane. These examples can be found in almost all religions. Check out this site for examples: www.skepticsannotatedbible.com. It has the complete Bible, Koran and Book of mormon and points out all of their faults as well as positive things within them.

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