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The biggest problem imo with organized religion
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From: violaswamp Date: December 7th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure whether this is special pleading, but I think the idea that suffering is pleasing to God is an especially strong theme in Catholicism.

I agree. There is a strong ascetic tradition in Hinduism, but it's not mandatory or even recommended for most people. And it's not the suffering that is valued--it's the self-discipline.
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