posted on Mar, 25 2010 @ 12:01 PM
I know many of us here are atheists or agnostics who consider religion as a kind of brainwash but I do want to highlight some reasons why religion
does deserve a place in our society today and a few reasons of the bad effects of allowing religion to . I’m not writing this to convert you or
anything but religion has definitely helped to shape our world in some good ways...and bad.
Let’s think about it. There are at least a few reasons why we should learn to respect the existence of religion. There are many of those who stood
up to humanity and their actions at that time. Gandhi? Mother Teresa? Albert Schweitzer?
Without Gandhi, India would still to this date been exploited. He also helped to promote homeopathy (the use of diluted natural substances in our
medication), his interest has helped to fully stimulate medical practices. Without Mother Teresa, there would be no example that leads us to help
those at a disadvantage. Many of us would still consider than being crippled is a ‘sin’ and believe that they are devalued in morals. Then Albert
– known to be the greatest Christian. Again, his example of implementing medical schools in Africa has influenced us greatly today.
But then again, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, with their tremendous aid to the rest of the planet, be it for good intentions or bad which is hotly
debated – nonetheless are atheists. They have helped for example, fund the mission to get rid of guinea worm. From 4 mil over 20 countries in 1986
to only 3142 cases in 4 countries. Impressive.
Religion has put a cork on slavery...in the developed areas...can’t say much about areas like India and Africa but we’re getting there, talking
here especially of the African-American Civil Rights movement. There are now equal rights for woman, for gays and lesbians, due to some help from
However religion was the very reason why woman and gays, lesbians did not get equal rights. Cultures in Pakistan and India used to set their woman on
fire or for honour as we’ve been recently hearing. It also has the ability to make others “exterminate” their kin in genocides and
religiously motivated wars. They are the reason why many people in the world today find it threatening to put a step onto the street before them.
But some religions demand respect or sometimes, one who wants respect for their religion, just wants tolerance. So then...should we respect
religions such as Nazicism? Of course not. But the rights of the religious person should be respected, no matter how evil their thoughts and on –
they still should be respected even if it’s a little bit. For example, obeisty – it’s been proven to be a bad thing however many choose to
continue to pile themselves with food, including me....and we still respect them...I hope.
Religions should earn our respect – we cannot judge other religions without reasons or actions....there shouldn’t be hatred to all
religions due to the domination of just a few.
Just want to bring up another point of this; a secular government has to treat citizens equall but a religious government does not.
In your opinion, religion may not deserve respect but the humans do. Respecting each other is the basis of society. Religion, beliefs, may not be
worth respecting but people have the right to believe as they wish. Give them some slack, guys. Religion does have it weak points and people say; we
need these wars to learn from “past mistakes.” But why can’t humans get it morally right for once? Why can’t they have that emotional feelings
that put the barrier between war and us?