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Re: religion on the Sinclair list and web pages
Religion has caused more human suffering and torment, than human greed.
Anyone who believe`s in an unforgiving God can see other people harassed and
tortured for blasphemy.(for their own good of course)
It is wonderful to live in this enlighten`d, modern world where we do not
have to worry about being burnt at the stake for Unbelief.
Ken W Sinclair
> Hello John et al,
> I rarely contribute to this discussion list but have been following it for
> some time. So let me put in my two cents worth. My religious beliefs or
> thereof is no one's business but my own and my personal God's. And it is
> personal definition of what and who God is or isn't.
> To quote the comedian George Carlin: " religion is like a pair of shoes.
> Yours may fit you but don't make me wear them. And lets not go out nailing
> shoes on the natives." So let's leave the religious arguments where they
> belong. Within ourselves.
> Brian Sinclair, Ontario Canada
> -----Original Message-----
> From: John S. Quarterman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Date: Thursday, May 27, 1999 8:21 AM
> Subject: religion on the Sinclair list and web pages
> >I was afraid this would happen when I added the religion web pages.
> >That's why I included this disclaimer:
> > This set of web pages is a place to put information about religious
> > and dogma that affected Sinclair history and genealogy.
> > Religion and politics are notoriously divisive subjects,
> > so let me hasten to say at the outset that opinions from many
> > different people will be represented here, and I do not confirm,
> > deny, attest, or refute any of them, except where I explicitly
> > say so. --jsq
> >I suggest we apply a similar disclaimer to religious postings on the
> >discussion list.
> >Let's back up and think about this a little.
> >There have been allusions to the Jesus and Magdalene parentage story
> >in the book list in the web pages and in links related to Templars
> >for quite some time. Probably most Sinclairs are aware that that's
> >what the Baigent Holy Blood Holy Grail book is about. So the story
> >is nothing new.
> >It's also just a story, not to mention one that is generally rejected
> >by most scholars who have attempted to check what that books says.
> >There are also links to various Muslim pages. Muslims believe that
> >Jesus was just a prophet.
> >There are also links to various Jewish pages. Jews don't even believe
> >that Jesus was a prophet.
> >There are links to Cathar information. The Cathars didn't believe Jesus
> >was a human.
> >There are links to Hindu information. Some Hindus believe Jesus was
> >an avatar of Vishnu.
> >Then there are Buddhists, for whom Jesus has no particular significance.
> >And that's only a small sample of beliefs that are out there.
> >Should I remove all these links, and should no one mention any of these
> >things on the list? I think it's safe to say that some of them are
> >considered blasphemous by some people on the list.
> >However, please remember that none of you are being asked to believe any
> >of them. At least, I hope not. Religious proselytizing is probably
> >beyond the scope of this list.
> >But some or all of the above beliefs are related to topics that are
> >relevant to Sinclairs, which is why they are mentioned in the web pages
> >and why discussion of them on this list is relevant. This is a family
> >whose motto is Commit Thy Work to God. Religion (of more than one kind)
> >is inextricably intertwined with the history of the Sinclair family.
> >I, for one, see no difficulty with anyone describing any of the above
> >(or other) beliefs or stories, and also no difficulty with anyone saying
> >they don't believe them. But I would hope that we can all do those
> >with civility. And could we all refrain from overgeneralizations such
> >as "All Sinclairs believe," as well as from overreactions whenever
> >does slip and post something like that.
> >If we can't do that, Niven's idea of a separate list for such matters
> >may be what we will need to do.
> >Comments? Opinions? Suggestions?
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