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Originally posted by FriendlyGopher
I for one would like to see these religious people mentally evaluated and have their kids taken away from them in case they infect them with their idiotic beliefs.
Yes this is an extreme idea for people that are growing up around religious people or are brought up religious themselves but that's like a monkey thinking the humans are the ones behind bars and they have no right to even discuss this topic.
Originally posted by Unvarnished
reply to post by davethebear
My opinion on this matter, to each his own. It is impossible with 100% certainty to prove if God is there or not, that is why there is faith. I definitely agree that religion should not be used to carry out personal intent, it is actually a very personal and private matter for an individual if anything.
Originally posted by NeoVain
reply to post by davethebear
You have to consider there are still alot of older people alive, which where brought up to believe in their religion, and have been doing it their whole life, even if most of them do it rather casually nowadays. Still, their lives are anchored to the customs of that religion, like baptizing their kids, celebrating x-mas, easter, funerals etc. To give all that up is just unthinkable, especially if you have been doing it your whole life which is soon about to end. Even though alot of people may in fact be rational enough to realize it is all just a story, they would rather defend that belief a few more years rather than abandon it, if for nothing else than the solace it gives them to believe they will soon go to a better place when they die. That glimmer of hope is certainly worth it to the old people. Even though it retards society as a whole, i think we the younger generations have to accept this until those oldies die off. Give it 30 more years and i would say most religions will be gone anyway.edit on 7-10-2011 by NeoVain because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
I never really thought about what the world would be like without religion, but I bet it would be entirely different and wonderful!
As much as I dislike organized religion and think it's a man-made system whose sole purpose is to control the populous, I also believe in the freedom for parents to raise their kids as they see fit...
When we start talking about how brainwashing and 'guilting' of children can be abusive, then I start to think that maybe people shouldn't be free to abuse their kids... It's a tough question.
But for now, I think the best thing is continued education. I do think religion will completely fall out of favor and I hope I'm right, but until then, I couldn't bring myself to vote to outlaw religion or anything like that. I think it's a shame these kids are being indoctrinated with this crap, because it makes them afraid (I know - I was one) but it's one of MANY awful mistakes that parents are making without even realizing it...
Do you ever think about man and his beginnings before religion was invented? Unfortunately, religion came into the picture and ruined the whole existence of man and his future.
I often wonder what would have become of man if religion hadn't reared it's ugly head upon the world...
Isn't it a shame that we will never know?
Don't you think that religion has had it's day now?