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Go to: Catholic Church in anti-gay marriage stance

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With "natural family" I guess the church means "having children within marriage by natural means"... by that definition me and my wife are also not married since we don't have nor ever plan to have children. This is by choice. What about couples who cannot have children due to biological issues? Are they also not married in the eyes of the church?

Tartaglia is correct, though, when he says: "Marriage is an institution which does not owe its existence or rationale to governments or legislatures." Where he goes wrong is that he implies marriage owes its existence to the church, which is bullshit. Marriage predates Christianity, Judaism even, and was already a practiced ritual in pagan society. It was a societal bound between a couple as accepted by their community.

Mon, 12 Sep 2011 15:48:14 UTC | #869822

Go to: God's truth, believers are nicer

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And that's why the most religious western country in the world lacks basic support for the poor, such as benefits conforming to basic living standards, proper social health care, support for those afflicted by drug addiction (in stead, the US locks them up in 'privatized prissons'), etc. But in stead is Western world leader when it comes to wars, the death penalty, torture, etc.

See, those damn Scandinavians are totally not nice, with their low rates of religiosity!

Mon, 12 Sep 2011 15:35:26 UTC | #869817

Go to: UPDATE: Is Breast-Milk the Key to Mother-Baby Bonding?

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Comment 4 by wisnoskij :

Well unless you can find evidence that the study is more flawed then already stated then I find it very unscientific to take down a article simply because you disagree with someones stance on a unrelated claim.

Look at it from the an other direction. Linking here to mercola.com gives "Dr." Mercola false recognition as a reliable source. It's along the same lines as chiropracticioners performing physiotherapy so people will say "it helped me with pain in my knee" or with all those creationist quacks who publish some unrelated article in a peer reviewed journal and then claim they are accepted, knowledgeable scientists. Best comparison would perhaps be Dr. Oz and his scientifically based claims: he uses that to point out to critics that he is a using science and reason.

That attitude lends credence to beliefs that reside outside of the scientific mainstream because it shows that people (and even science advocates) are willing to base there beliefs in who the person saying the idea is and how he/she is saying it, and not just what facts does he/she bring to the table to back up his claim.

No, I just don't want to lend credence to the quack beliefs of quacks like Dr. Mercola, just because once in a while they might publish something that actually is scientifically based.

Sun, 03 Jul 2011 21:31:40 UTC | #845820

Go to: UPDATE: Is Breast-Milk the Key to Mother-Baby Bonding?

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What is an item from the quack-site mercola.com doing on RD.net?

Sun, 03 Jul 2011 19:04:54 UTC | #845783

Go to: [UPDATE] Priest sex abuse scandal was temporary problem, study finds

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This study was practically performed by the RCC themselves... they have never opened up their records willingly, so they must have been quite selective. As long as the church protects pedophiles, shuffles them around, focuses on the perp, not the victim, doesn't allow priests to just have a normal sex life, et cetera, et cetera, this will continue. Worst thing is, that they keep claiming they are the sole source of morality in the world...

Thu, 19 May 2011 05:53:34 UTC | #628295

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