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Friday, 12 June 2009 22:33

Why do we need to question or challenge beliefs and ideas?

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I am NOT saying that all religious ideas are bad. All I am saying is that there are plenty of religious preachings that contradict each other, as well as our instinctual sense of right and wrong, including many of the things we know to be factually correct based from evidence gathered from our individual observations and through scientific methods.

All I am advocating for is the need to discuss the impact of religious ideas on the way we as individuals and as societies, live our lives. If we do not, we will all suffer the consequences of operating our societies based on false premises and beliefs.

Most of us assume that religions are benign. Going to church, for example, is just a social gathering, for many of us who are moderately religious. We often fail to see or question how organised religions, including religious beliefs and ideas exacerbate, and sometimes cause, the problems of the many issues we face today:

1. Terrorism

2. Freedom Of Speech and Expression

3. Honour killings

4. Genetal mutilation

5. Denial of Gay Rights

6. Denial of Women's Rights

7. AIDS and condoms

8. Teenage Pregnancy

9. Stem Cell Research

10. Euthanasia

And many more...

Our religions are involved in our politics. They will to shape the laws in which we all live by. So long as this is the case, then it is everybody's responsibility and obligation to investigate, criticise and scrutinise them as we do any political party.

Our religions are involved in commerce. They are selling us their own version of the truth. Religions and sects are selling books, DVDs, CDs and other gizmos while recruiting many members from whom they can extract donations and other forms of financial contribution. As consumers and potential customers of such organisations, we are all entitled to question and ask: Is this really what is right for me, for my children and for other people I know?

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