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I think it certainly can be a greater and deeper evil, with religion simply serving as an amplifier, but the two play off each other to a large degree, and divine justification can enable overthrowing tradition.

Asherah-worship used to be a-okay.  Then Jeremiah came along.  Paganism used to be a-okay.  Then the Christians got hold of the empire.

Religion is simply a newer, broader form of tribalism.  And like any tribalism, it incorporates some traditions and purges others.

Tribalism is the real evil.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Tue Jun 7th, 2016 at 08:40:50 AM EST
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