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"The latter has everything to do with brainwashing and controlling the masses and endless bigotry."

Oh yeah...because folks like Shane Claiborne, St. Francis of Assisi, David Norris, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Helen Keller, Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jr were/are all a bunch of brainwashed bigots, right?

While it is true that some have used religion to excuse their crimes (for very human reasons), many, many more allow their religion to inspire them to do great and beautiful things for their fellow man and the world, to connect with the divine, to connect more deeply with the needs of their neighbors and to grant them the strength to achieve the incredible.

Remember this rhyme: Broad assumptions and generalizations, make fools of even the wisest nations.