Naomi wrote:The Bogieman - that mysterious character who comes in the night to scare - or even to kidnap - naughty children. 'Good' parents are horrified at the practices of those irresponsible enough to use this method of controlling their children. However, many who are appalled by the idea proudly count themselves among the many millions of self-proclaimed pillars of society - the religious - and deem it not only thoroughly acceptable, but absolutely obligatory, to fill young minds with thoughts of an equally mysterious entity who resides somewhere in the sky, and will punish their offspring remorselessly, and for eternity, for their misdemeanours. Strangely, the rest of the world, in the main, raises no objection to what amounts to nothing less than child abuse, because religion doesn't simply expect the respect of society - it demands it - and for reasons that continue to elude me, it receives it. Why?
Naomi wrote:All that is quite true - but it doesn't explain why we, as a society, continue to afford religion the unwarranted respect it demands.
People are entitled to believe as they will, but they are not entitled to impose their potentially damaging philosophy upon others.
Fortunately, the more rational among us are beginning to say 'No, we do not respect your beliefs' - and not before time. More power to their elbow!
BaldySlaphead wrote:Hi Naomi!
I think the rest of the world supports it because frankly most of it is doing the same thing! It's like those interfaith events you see; full of people who basically disagree with each other and think the lot over the table are utterly deluded followers of an obvious fiction, yet know they have to support the right of the others to exist because it covers their own beliefs.
Cognitive dissonance at its finest.
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