New World Notes - Michael Parenti vs. God and His Demons (Part 1 of 2)
In a telephone interview on April 6, 2010, Left-leaning political scientist Michael Parenti discusses his book, God and His Demons (Prometheus Books)--a survey of the woes caused in the name of, and by, organized religion.
In this first of two parts, Parenti talks about rampant child sexual abuse by the Christian (and other) clergy and the coverup thereof. He talks about the venality of the Protestant televangelists and the oppressive Buddhist theocracy in Tibet before the Chinese Communists took over. He talks about our society's ignoring some sins frequently denounced in the Bible--e.g., charging high interest rates ("usury")--while we piously condemn "sins" the Bible never mentions (gay marriage, abortion). And he rebuts creationism, "Intelligent Design," . . . and some of the conclusions of Charles Darwin.
This installment was originally broadcast in April 2010..)
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