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So you've just watched the Supreme Court OK the display of the Ten Commandments on government property and you're pissed. But you're not pissed at religion, you're pissed at religion's abusers -- those who manipulate, vulgarize and ultimately weaken the spiritual underpinnings of your most cherished beliefs.

Here are exactly two ways for progressives to fight back...gently:

  1. Tikkun's Spiritual Activism Conference in Berkeley from July 20-23. Sponsored by Tikkun Magazine, recently recallibrated to include all faiths, the conference has three goals:
    • Challenge the misuse of God and religion by the Religious Right
    • Challenge the ethos of selfishness and materialism of the advanced industrial societies
    • Build an alliance between secular, religious and "spiritual but not religious" progressives
  2. And then there's the brand new Christian Alliance for Progress whose website features this quote splashed across the top:
    "I feel embarrassed and angry that Christianity has been use to divide our country and to promote bigotry and war. I joined this movement to stand up for compassion and justice."
'Nuff said.

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