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Offline wgw

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Religious tolerance
« on: December 09, 2016, 06:59:32 PM »
On the subject of religious toleration, this is naturally something I support, given that most of the horrors in the history of the Christian faith can be attributed to a lack thereof,

There are very slight edge cases where the need for tolerance seems to be outweighed by security-related considerations.  The most obvious is in the case of abusive cults; we can think of the disasters of Jim Jones and the People's Temple, or the Australian "Family," or fundamentalist Mormons; beyond that I think legal sanctions against Scientology are entirely warranted.

The other edge case seems to exist with regards to religions which desire the violent destruction of others, specifically some forms of Islam, e.g. Salafism.  I do not see any need to regard all of Islam with the same alarm one might reserve for Scientology, but certainly there is a need to exert some control over those elements of Islam which one might regard as "fundamentalist." 
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Re: Religious tolerance
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2016, 09:51:01 PM »
If others are tolerant, then I am. If not, then I am not. I don't care what people believe, as long as they don't tell me what to believe.
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Re: Religious tolerance
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2016, 11:28:12 PM »
If others are tolerant, then I am. If not, then I am not. I don't care what people believe, as long as they don't tell me what to believe.

This seems reasonable and appropriate.
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Re: Religious tolerance
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2016, 03:33:32 PM »
If others are tolerant, then I am. If not, then I am not. I don't care what people believe, as long as they don't tell me what to believe.
This is a good parameter, plus the abusive cults wgw mentioned. I'm also positive about limiting the expansion resources of Heterodoxy and non-Christianity on massively Orthodox countries (or even in countries with a deep-rooted Orthodox population like Syria, to protect Orthodox population, just like the Ottoman Empire did sometimes). Not limiting the will of people who wish to convert, but limiting the access of missionaries to propaganda.
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