The Pope and Toxic Religion

Two independent but related stories on religion appeared within hours of each other.

popeatborderPope says Trump border stance is not Christian,” reads the lead headline of this morning’s StarTribune. The AP story focuses on statements by the Pope and Mr. Trump. “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be,” said the Pope, “and not building bridges, is not Christian.” Donald Trump replied, “For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful. I’m proud to be a Christian.”

This afternoon Presbyterian ministers in the Twin Cities Area received this announcement about a conference called “Recovery from Religion“:

Recovery from Religion


“The conference, sponsored by MICAH and the Minnesota Institute of Contemplation and Healing, will address toxic theology, post-traumatic stress disorder and the road to healing. The conference is designed for healthcare professionals, clergy and anyone whose life has been touched by a negative religious message.”


The cartoon text reads as follows: “And then, boys and girls, our loving Father throws all those unbelievers into the fires of Hell where they’re unbearably tortured for ever and ever. Now who’s ready for a snack?”

Lord, save us from toxic religion! Put me in the Pope’s column!

  • Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, MN, Feb. 19, 2016.




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