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Religion not for everyone

I have consistently noticed in the Brandon Sun’s publications an occurring and disturbing trend of members of faith using it as an outlet to spout their criticisms, however falsely based, and judgments upon citizens of this city.

In Sound Off, I see more and more the referencing of the Bible and how “so-and-so” should change their life to follow those of (insert deity)’s teachings. All the while, right below the section it reads “No personal attacks.” I say you do have your fundamental right to religion but it does not put you or your faith above criticism.

I am an atheist and when I read your paper and see dogma upon dogma being shovelled my way, this is the reaction you so incur.

This is the 21st century and I think a civilized society should respect those who can back their arguments with evidence and rationalism.

I could argue all day about religion in the public eye, and I’m more than willing to, but for the sake of the readers I will end on this: when you speak to “non-believers” about lakes of fire, eternal damnation, child sacrifice, genital mutilation, enslavement, blood atonement and torture from a figure you are supposed to love and fear, you promote and perpetuate the very definition of sadomasochism.

Scott Haigh

Brandon

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 21, 2013

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I agree with you, Scott that each worldview should be able to implicitly or explicitly refute opposing views. I understand how a person who believes that God is the Moral Lawgiver makes moral judgments and therefore discussion is directed towards whether the argument is sound : ie. If God does not exist, objective moral values and duties do not exist. Objective moral values and duties do exist. Therefore, God exists.

On your atheistic framework however, how do you justify your moral judgments? How do you account for the basis for good and evil? Note, I am not asking how you recognize good and evil but how on an atheistic view you can account for its basis. Belief in God is not necessary for objective morality, but God is.

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I have consistently noticed in the Brandon Sun’s publications an occurring and disturbing trend of members of faith using it as an outlet to spout their criticisms, however falsely based, and judgments upon citizens of this city.

In Sound Off, I see more and more the referencing of the Bible and how “so-and-so” should change their life to follow those of (insert deity)’s teachings. All the while, right below the section it reads “No personal attacks.” I say you do have your fundamental right to religion but it does not put you or your faith above criticism.

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I have consistently noticed in the Brandon Sun’s publications an occurring and disturbing trend of members of faith using it as an outlet to spout their criticisms, however falsely based, and judgments upon citizens of this city.

In Sound Off, I see more and more the referencing of the Bible and how “so-and-so” should change their life to follow those of (insert deity)’s teachings. All the while, right below the section it reads “No personal attacks.” I say you do have your fundamental right to religion but it does not put you or your faith above criticism.

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