Originally posted by wolfgang59
Why does anyone have to tell anyone else about their religion?
Religion is like having a penis, great if you have one, but please don't wave it in my face...
And don't shove it down children's throats.
I completely agree that people evangelising about their religion is very annoying.
However, IF you TRULY believed that there was whatever your religions version of
a heaven and a hell and that peoples actions in this life effected which you would
end up in and you 'KNEW' this for a 'FACT' .... What kind of an evil person would
you be if you didn't put effort into making sure as many other people as possible
also 'knew' about this?
The problem is not that there is a logical problem with people who really believe this
from trying to evangelise and spread the word as wide as possible.
The problem is that they are all wrong.
If I genuinely believed that the god of the bible existed I would be trying to spread word
about it... Admittedly I would be trying to get people to join the fight against it, but the
point still stands.
From the perspective of having a nice friendly tolerant civil [secular] society then of course
having people evangelising their religion all over the place is counter-productive and liable
to increase tensions and intolerance.
But that makes perfect sense if you look at religious belief as the unfounded and irrational
thing that it is... But people INSIDE religions who actually believe this stuff don't think that
their beliefs are irrational and unjustified and if they genuinely believe that people who believe
the wrong thing and act the wrong way are going to hell then if they have any empathy at all
then they should want others to believe and act as they do.
That is one of the things that makes religions so dangerous and unhelpful.