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Is every country on the "happy in" list a country of Christian heritage? I'm not certain about Australia, but I believe all the others are.
I don't see any on the list which are Hindu, Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist, or atheistic Communist in heritage (I'm not thinking Germany is really Communist in heritage, in spite of the time East Germany spent under Communist domination.)
I think I must have missed something here.
If you really look at the history of Christianity, didn't it do pretty much the same thing?
And often at sword/gun point?
Everything else, though?
You know, go to new countries.
Establish the dominate religion, even when your numbers are a minority, pushing your religious beliefs into the laws of said countries and forcing those with different beliefs to convert or suffer.
Didn't Christian white men bomb the BLACK 16th Street Church in Birmingham, Alabama back in the civil rights struggle?
Oh, you FORGOT about that?
I'm sure I could dredge up other examples.
You don't have to look very far to find bad people doing bad things under the guise of religion. Really it's all about power and control and who you want to hand these important things over to.
Many things are done "in the name of God" that, poor God, has no part in. Muslims certainly aren't original in their "convert or die" crusades but, I would have hoped that we (humanity) had grown beyond that by now.
Byzantium: A Tale of Three Cities episode 2
Watched this tonight very informative on who fought who through the centuries in the name and control of religion.
Certainly in my case an eye opener.
Must look that up Victor, looks inneresting.
I'm not sure that the Aborigines would concur.
Australia, as it stands, was founded upon Christian principals and has largely adhered to those.