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religion unites...yeah right...

Discussion in 'Religious Debates' started by waitasec, May 7, 2011.

  1. waitasec

    waitasec Veteran Member

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    Jewish group fights for chaplain monument at Arlington – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs
    Arlington, Virginia (CNN) – Three German torpedoes ripped through the icy waters of the Atlantic off the coast of Greenland. On February 2, 1943, the USS Dorchester was transporting 902 U.S. servicemen to war. Only one torpedo hit, but it struck a deathblow - killing scores instantly and resetting the ship's course to the bottom of the ocean.

    Amid the chaos, survivors later recalled, four U.S. Army chaplains fought to bring calm and comfort, praying for the dead and encouraging the living to fight for survival. They helped frightened servicemen find life jackets and head to rescue craft. Each of the four chaplains gave up his life jacket to save the life of another.

    All four stayed on the ship's new course to the bottom of the ocean and gave their lives so others might live. The last thing survivors saw of the four chaplains, they were huddled together praying.

    Lt. George Fox, a Methodist chaplain; Lt. John Washington, a Roman Catholic chaplain; and Lt. Clark Poling, a Dutch Reformed chaplain, are each memorialized on Chaplains Hill at Arlington National Cemetery on monuments honoring the service of Protestant and Catholic chaplains killed in the line of duty.

    But amid the sea of white marble tombstones and granite monuments, one name is missing - Lt. Alexander D. Goode, the fourth chaplain from the USS Dorchester.

    He was Jewish - a rabbi....
     
  2. outhouse

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    sucks he was not honored yet
     
  3. Shadow Wolf

    Shadow Wolf Kissed by fire

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    Such a shame. Those actions were just as heroic and honorable as those risking their own lives to rescue their comrades during the Pearl Harbor bombings, and to not honor the Rabbi is a disgrace.
     
  4. xkatz

    xkatz Well-Known Member

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    Why isn't he honored? Seems odd.
     
  5. GabrielWithoutWings

    GabrielWithoutWings Well-Known Member

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    That's pretty sorry. I hope they succeed.
     
  6. Shadow Wolf

    Shadow Wolf Kissed by fire

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    My guess is probably solely because he was Jewish.
     
  7. waitasec

    waitasec Veteran Member

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    not really...
    this is what religion does.
    it is the divine justification for dividing people
     
  8. RitalinO.D.

    RitalinO.D. Well-Known Member

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    Sometimes I really hate the US gov't, and the S*** they either do or don't do.

    To leave out the Rabbi is pretty despicable. Would love to hear the explanation for this one.
     
  9. BruceDLimber

    BruceDLimber Well-Known Member

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    TRUE religion unites!

    Anything that doesn't is clearly something else.

    Bruce
     
  10. waitasec

    waitasec Veteran Member

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    there isn't one, that's why it's so despicable....
    :sad:
     
  11. waitasec

    waitasec Veteran Member

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    show me where there is no sectarianism in religion...
     
  12. GabrielWithoutWings

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    Girls on Trampolines?
     
  13. RitalinO.D.

    RitalinO.D. Well-Known Member

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    Ziggy zoggy ziggy zoggy oi oi oi!
     
  14. BruceDLimber

    BruceDLimber Well-Known Member

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    First you'll have to define what you mean by "sectarianism." I find the term vague.

    Bruce
     
  15. waitasec

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    what i mean by sectarianism i mean disagreement or a division caused by a,"Rigid adherence to a particular sect or denomination."
     
  16. BruceDLimber

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    Then I'm afraid you're mixing your metaphors!

    "Rigid adherence" to a religion does NOT need to imply hatred or rejection of others or their religions!

    And indeed, the Bahai' scriptures explicitly recognize and endorse ALL the great religions! I quote:

    "There can be no doubt whatever that the peoples of the world, of whatever race or religion, derive their inspiration from one heavenly Source, and are the subjects of one God. The difference between the ordinances under which they abide should be attributed to the varying requirements and exigencies of the age in which they were revealed. All of them, except a few which are the outcome of human perversity, were ordained of God, and are a reflection of His Will and Purpose. Arise and, armed with the power of faith, shatter to pieces the gods of your vain imaginings, the sowers of dissension amongst you. Cleave unto that which draweth you together and uniteth you."

    —(Gleanings, CXI, pp. 217-8)


    Further, its scriptures also command:



    "The second Glad-Tidings

    "It is permitted that the peoples and kindreds of the world associate with one another with joy and radiance. O people! Consort with the followers of all religions in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship."

    --Tablets of Baha'u'llah, p. 19

    Religion can thus imply eminent respect for others.

    Peace, :)

    Bruce
     
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  17. waitasec

    waitasec Veteran Member

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    when did i imply that...? assume much?
    all i am saying is that religion does not unite...it's the divine justification for division
     
  18. BruceDLimber

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    Maybe YOURS is!

    But the central goal of MINE is PRECISELY THAT: UNITY!!

    Indeed, it revolves entirely around unity and oneness.

    Peace,

    Bruce
     
  19. FlyingTeaPot

    FlyingTeaPot Irrational Rationalist

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    Religion unites only those who agree with it.
     
  20. waitasec

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    not according to this article...
     
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