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There is one notable thing about our Christianity: bad, bloody, merciless, money-grabbing, and predatory as it is—in our country particularly and in all other Christian countries in a somewhat modified degree—it is still a hundred times better than the Christianity of the Bible, with its prodigious crime—the invention of Hell. Measured by our Christianity of to-day, bad as it is, hypocritical as it is, empty and hollow as it is, neither the Deity nor his Son is a Christian, nor qualified for that moderately high place. Ours is a terrible religion. The fleets of the world could swim in spacious comfort in the innocent blood it has spilled. — Mark Twain

Moral certitude and empathy are mutually exclusive. Seriously, think about it. Empathy requires being able to see an issue from another’s viewpoint. If you are so morally certain that you are “right”, looking at something from a different viewpoint is, by definition, looking at it from the “wrong” viewpoint. I believe that the most fundamental difference between liberals and conservatives is that liberals see empathy as a skill, and conservatives see empathy as a weakness. — Linda Grilli Calhoun.

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