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Religious-Abuse

"It is not difficult, then, to understand Jesus' anger at the way religious people manipulate his God. (And maybe here is the place to think about the manipulation of theology, its ideologizing role, in tolerating—not to say encouraging—oppression of others in the name of God."    - Jon Sobrino ; Jesus the Liberator


"The name of God is used as religious justification for oppressing others, and this is what must be unmasked."    - Jon Sobrino ; Jesus the Liberator


"When piety is used to go against creatureliness, religion becomes an oppressive mechanism. 'The creator who comes in to conflict with the creatures is a false God and false gods make even the pious inhuman.'"    - Jon Sobrino ; Jesus the Liberator


"Woe to you, blind guides! You say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gold of the temple is bound by that oath.’ You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred? You also say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gift on the altar is bound by that oath.’ You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred? Therefore, anyone who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. And anyone who swears by the temple swears by it and by the one who dwells in it. And anyone who swears by heaven swears by God’s throne and by the one who sits on it."    - Jesus ; Matthew 23.16-22


"For years it has been a part of my own quest so to understand the religion of Jesus that interest in his way of life could be developed and sustained by intelligent men and women who were at the same time deeply victimized by the Christian Church’s betrayal of his faith."
   - Howard Thurman ; Jesus and the Disinherited


I would far rather that Hinduism died than untouchability lived.    - Gandhi ; Unsourced Quote


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