Wrote this as a response to a bunch of cheesy attacks on UUism in the Salon thread.
I may keep this around. The need for it tends to come up.
Some people have good experiences with a religion. They like it and will defend it when they hear it insulted.
Some people have bad experiences with a religion, they will insult it because it hurt them.
People come to churches with different needs. (Some churches do tons of charity work, some don't. Some people WANT a church that does tons of charity work. Some don't. Some people want a minister who really challenges them, some want to be comforted...)
UU churches are especially varied. If you like one church, you won't like all of them. If you dislike one church, you probably won't dislike all of them.
Religions are like diets. You want to talk about the one that worked for you. At the same time, you have to keep in mind that it doesn't work for everybody.
At the same time, insulting someone because something worked for them that doesn't work for you doesn't make any sense at all to me.
Which thread? (One of Cary's?)
The one about OWL that I linked to yesterday.
Love it and will probably copy and paste it many times (crediting CC, mais oui).
I think it's interesting how some people see UUism as a complete failure at living its seven principles and other people think it's quite a success at living them. I think it's only partly attributable to the differences in congregations. I think a big part of it is the person doing the judging. Is the glass half full or half empty?
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