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One Reason To Support Religion

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Posted by Richard Ruquist on January 21, 2001 17:39:46 UTC

We have heard recently on thisforum a discussion of the need, or more accurately the lack of need, of religion. If you do not believe, why do you need religion?

Well, in my opinion, even if you are an atheist (that is, a person of faith that god does not exist) or an agnostic (who honestly says, who knows, but who usually cares), or if you are a person who just does not care one way or another, you still have a fundamental reason to support the existence of other people's religions, a reason that has a direct bearing on your freedom and liberty.

There are forces in the world, often supported by scientific circles, that want to stamp out irrationality. If you cannot prove something or at least comprehend it, you should not have the right to believe it. That's what they say.

I say that the right to believe in something that is irrational on the basis of science, or whatever, is a fundamental right and liberty that is constantly under seige. Now no one would dare attack the church, that is any established church. So instead they attack cult beliefs and native indian beliefs, and so on. Often it's the irrational attacking the irrational like in Africa where culture was destroyed by European values stemming primarily from religion.

In the US we see cults attacked on the basis on brainwashing if something more serious cannot be found. It used to be Hindus, Moslins and Jews that were attacked. So it seems that religious diversity is winning the battle. But the battle needs the support of all who want to maintain their right to think anything they please.

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