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I judge by actions not words.

I have to say that I can see very little of the “tolerance and peace of Jesus” in the history or current behaviour of the USA, or in the current behaviour of most of the pastors and congregations I see. Instead I see white supremacy, greed, selfishness and general unChristian behaviour— ask a black person, or a native American if you don’t believe me. Many of the people behaving viciously go to church every Sunday and are highly regarded by other people in their congregation.

What happened to the “It’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into heaven” stuff? American culture worships material wealth at the expense of everything, even the planet.

I agree that some countries that are classed as Moslem are as bad but some are not. And even some Buddhist societies lapse into savagery. I have met Muslim feminists (of both genders) and I’ve met some inspirational Christians. I do not judge by labels, I look at what people say and what they do and the effect they have on the people around them.

The problems in this world are not caused by religion, they are all about people and culture — values, intentions, patterns of acceptable behaviour, attitudes. We need to develop a culture that values kindness, sharing, gentleness — all good Christian values but also highly regarded by Islam, Buddhism and all the “indigenous” philosophies I’ve encountered.

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