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  1. #1 Religion and Pseudoreligion 
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    It is common for people to disagree. Therefore it is not unusual for sectarian divisions to arise within various communities of belief- indeed, sectarian battles can and have been every bit as bloody as those between major religious traditions, as a cursory study of history on the matter can reveal.

    At what point, though, does heresy become pseudoreligion?

    Is it accurate to blame religion for the transgressions of pseudoreligion?

    As a starting point, perhaps we should consider the three points suggested in the link?

    Pseudoreligion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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    Until a divine agency actually shows itself and gives a list of criteria for believers, people who waggle fingers at other sects are guilty of the No True Scotsman fallacy.

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    What prongs do our legal systems use? Certainly something. For example a restaurant in southern Maine opened one time calling itself the Temple of Bacchus and claimed a business tax exemptions. The state of course denied them so it must be against some legal standards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynx_Fox View Post
    What prongs do our legal systems use? Certainly something. For example a restaurant in southern Maine opened one time calling itself the Temple of Bacchus and claimed a business tax exemptions. The state of course denied them so it must be against some legal standards.
    True enough, and in Phoenix recently a "Temple of the Goddess" was closed down as a haven for prostitution, despite there being documented evidence of temple prostitution being practiced in antiquity. The tax-free stakes are high, and at some point the state must rule what is and is not a "bona fide" religion, which presents something of a conundrum in a nation which supposedly respects freedom of religion.

    Phoenix Goddess Temple Raided as Alleged Brothel - ABC News

    Why prohibit animal sacrifice rituals when a slaughterhouse operates across town unmolested? At the same time, can secular society and the better-known faiths tolerate human sacrifice or polygamy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wintermute View Post
    Until a divine agency actually shows itself and gives a list of criteria for believers, people who waggle fingers at other sects are guilty of the No True Scotsman fallacy.

    No true Scotsman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    If you are waiting for God, or Justice, or the number pi to suddenly materialize and drop into your lap, good luck with that. Others seek to understand them by diligent application of reason, after the manner of True Rational Persons. According to some, the last time God materialized, He did not get treated so good- maybe next time He comes around, will be happier for everybody...heheheheheh.....
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    Just saw "The Crucible", nominally about Salem Witch Trials but inspired by Army-McCarthy hearings of 1950s USA. Freedom of political beliefs, no less than religious, are supposedly hallmarks of United States law. Fear makes people do funny things, but what is truly chilling to me is that the USA was at that time at the ZENITH of international influence- and still dominated by fear.

    What chance do we have today?
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