14th August 2008

“Things have come to a pretty pass when religion is allowed to invade the sphere of private life.”

Viscount Melbourne1779 – 1848

7 Responses to “14th August 2008”

  1. Rozmarija Grauds Says:

    I deeply appreciate these daily quotes, and often steal them to post on various Delphi Forum sites, usually saying I got them from my Google Home Page. Thank you — whoever you are, delving in secret places!

  2. Admin Says:

    You’re very welcome.

    It’s certainly not stealing – all the quotations are taken from the public sphere and many are sent in by other people which makes it easy to keep the site running 🙂

  3. John Sutton Says:

    In one sense that is exactly where it should stay – private and only in the homes and temples of the religious.

    Religious influence in the public sphere is a growing phenomena that has aroused the anger of the secular rationalist. In the UK, schools, care services, public broadcasting and the our democratic institutions are infected and in danger of further government sanctioned interference from self serving faith groups.

  4. Chris Says:

    You’re right John but I suspect that what Melbourne may have meant was one person’s private morality infringing on another’s private life. Perhaps in the way pious people seem to care about how and with whom other people have sex.

  5. Terence Meaden Says:

    Yes, worthily expressed. And we can agree that Melbourne, John and Chris are all correct in their various ways.

    The human being is the most marvellous consequence of million of years of evolution; and yet, unlike the animals, we evolved humans have been let down by the appearance and viral spread of religions with their malign influence upon human brains that affect both public and private spheres.

    The irony is that we rational philosophers too can hardly escape, even in private, the far-reaching effects of religion—so pervasive that it is, as in classical music, drama and television for a start.

  6. Chris Says:

    TM – Eloquent as always. I see I’ve received a promotion to Rational Philosopher. This will look far more genteel on my business card than my current title “Shit Disturber” Cheers!

  7. John Sutton Says:

    Your first post was correct with regard to my take on the quote. I twisted the meaning in order to say what I wanted to say – I think it’s called politics. I accept the gentle reprimand for sinking to those depths.