25th July 2011

“People think special status for a religion is a great idea because they always assume it's going to be their faith that enjoys state protection.”

John Moore

7 Responses to “25th July 2011”

  1. RJ Says:

    oh brother…………

    quotes like this just make me tired.

  2. Dan Says:

    I disagree a bit with this quote: saying “they always assume it’s going to be their faith” suggests that there’ll be a reasonable number of people who assume this wrongly. Frankly, I’m sure that everyone in a nation would be pretty clear as to which religion would get the protection. Unless, of course, they are referring to drastic changes in who the rulers were – but I can’t think of a case of this since the fall of Constantinople and the sudden/violent switch from Christian to Muslim rulers.

  3. Rambler Says:

    To go in a bit of a different direction; I don’t understand why theists living in a pluralistic society would still argue against secularism, like Tony Blair does.
    Secularism protects your religious freedoms like no other system can.
    Even if you’re a christian or muslim living in an officially christian or islamic nation respectively, you can still face oppression if you’re part of the ‘wrong’ sect. Protestants vs Catholics or Sunnis vs Shiites etc etc.

    No nation which has an official state religion will ever be as free as a secular nation.

  4. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    It is due precisely to a lack of thought that leads people like lemmings to favor special status for any unique supernaturalism. If only people would think this would not be an issue.

  5. Ernie Says:

    Rambler,

    Do you think that many theists reject secularism because they might not really understand what it means? It seems like I am constantly explaining your point to people who insist that secularism means religion is banned.

  6. CaptainZero Says:

    Maybe we ought to re-brand secularism as religious freedom since once makes the other possible.

  7. R J Says:

    rambler……….

    i really liked your post !!