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Last edited at 4:10PM on 7/4/2011
It stands for two things, werty. Hope and Exploitation.
As a book of religion it stands for hope and is a source of comfort to those who believe it to be sacred. It doesn't matter whether or not there really is a pie in the sky when you die, it's the belief in that pie that helps a lot of ordinary, decent folk get through the tough times.
But it also stands for deception. As a book it's neither better nor worse than comparable writings, but it opens doors for deception to be practised by professionals who use it to deceive the naive and innocent.
That deception includes: -- the Catholic church's sale of icons. There were enough splinters of the "true cross" sold during the middle ages to replenish a rain forest; -- the mass media shenanigans of the TV evangelists and people like Harold Camping; -- the day-to-day (or should that be Sunday-to-Sunday?) practice of bilking trusting souls out of money they really need in their own lives. It's practised by all churches and accompanied by such exhortations as: The tithe is the Lord's; or Give till it hurts; or Help God work a miracle in this place.
To quote Omar Khayyam, a guy who's really worth reading: Myself when young did eagerly frequent Doctor and Saint and heard great argument About it and about: but evermore Came out by that same door as in I went.