08-08-12, 01:59 AM #1
No, I'm not trolling.
Religion is, in many ways, a cause of many social problems. It is wholly scientifically illegitimate, and counter-productive. It is divisive and deceptive. Should religion, therefore, be banned?
The argument against banning religion would stem from the idealistic "free speech" principle, but in this case, it is more beneficial for society to protect religious "free speech" or to do away with religion? Which is materially more beneficial? This is akin to another argument: is it more important to protect a man's right to "private property" or to seize his property and feed hungry children? Which is more important, ideals and principles or material benefit for society in general?
Enver Hoxha, the leader of the People's Republic of Albania, instituted a number of anti-religious reforms. In 1946, the Agrarian Reform Law nationalized most of the property of private religious institutions (e.g. churches) and therefore removed the wealth from the institutions.
Article 37 of the Albanian Constitution of 1976 stated "The State recognises no religion, and supports atheistic propaganda in order to implant a scientific materialistic world outlook in the people".
Much as I don't like to quote from Wikipedia:
Religious communities or branches that had their headquarters outside the country, such as the Jesuit and Franciscan orders, were henceforth ordered to terminate their activities in Albania. Religious institutions were forbidden to have anything to do with the education of the young, because that had been made the exclusive province of the state. All religious communities were prohibited from owning real estate and from operating philanthropic and welfare institutions and hospitals. Although there were tactical variations in Hoxha's approach to each of the major denominations, his overarching objective was the eventual destruction of all organized religion in Albania. Between 1945 and 1953, the number of priests was reduced drastically and the number of Roman Catholic churches was decreased from 253 to 100, and all Catholics were stigmatized as fascists.
The campaign against religion peaked in the 1960s. Beginning in 1967 the Albanian authorities began a violent campaign to try to eliminate religious life in Albania. Despite complaints, even by APL members, all churches, mosques, monasteries, and other religious institutions were either closed down or converted into warehouses, gymnasiums, or workshops by the end of 1967. By May 1967, religious institutions had been forced to relinquish all 2,169 churches, mosques, cloisters, and shrines in Albania, many of which were converted into cultural centres for young people. As the literary monthly Nendori reported the event, the youth had thus "created the first atheist nation in the world."
These measures were largely successful. Although some Albanians continued to worship in secret, Albania today is one of the least religious countries in the world.
08-08-12, 02:19 AM #2
you can outlaw religious activities but you cannot prevent faith and religious thinking. Sure over time you can gain control of the youth by causing ill will between the young and their parents. But I can't accept stripping the concept of parental love and trust from a child. I am atheist, but I am still human.
08-08-12, 03:04 AM #3
No need to ban it - just keep it private and between consenting adults.
08-08-12, 03:06 AM #4
Banning religion is a ridiculous idea. It would never work anyway, and it's oppressive. People should be free to embrace whatever worldview that makes sense of their lives and provides a basis upon which they can carve out a meaningful existence. The one caveat is that I feel that the moment the actions that might flow out of such a worldview become oppressive to others is the moment that such freedom should be restricted.
Freedom can't be absolute. It needs to be about the collective as well as the individual.
08-08-12, 04:47 AM #5
I think the underlying issue can be summed up in the following questions:
1. How to develop a meaningful sense of personal identity while living in a pluralistic society?
2. How to meaningfully function in a pluralistic society?
3. How to productively deal with differences among people while living in a pluralistic society?
08-08-12, 07:00 AM #6
08-08-12, 07:15 AM #7
Why have you posted a link to Wiki's entry of "Armageddon" within "facing criminal charges"??
And is your post supposed to have some contextual sense, LG?
Perhaps you can explain?
08-08-12, 07:19 AM #8
If you have to ban an ideology to counter its effects you've already lost the battle. Think Drug Wars, Prohibition. Banning doesn't change anything. The biggest example is the Soviet Union where religion was banned. China is another. Both have seen a resurgence in faith following a collapse of the system.
08-08-12, 07:20 AM #9
storied text is interesting..
08-08-12, 07:20 AM #10
08-08-12, 07:40 AM #11
Everything is there about bruce willis being scientifically illegitimate and wotnot.
You will have to excuse me for not having the time to explain it to you but at the moment I am busy with other things, preparing for the coming christmas season by destroying all the christmas tree in the locality
08-08-12, 08:51 AM #12
Too enforce an ideology will simply lead to those under it's oppression to resent and fight against it, banning or restriction of religion is not a solution but a set up for underground activities. The only real way to combat religion is to destroy its creditability or make it diaphanous, irrelevant and pointless to society as a whole.
08-08-12, 09:40 AM #13
I don't think banning religion is a good idea, nor is it even really possible. You can't control what or how people think. However, I think limiting their influence in society would be highly beneificial, especially in the political arena.
08-08-12, 09:42 AM #14
Albania in the 70's was a shithole that people with the means to do so could not leave fast enough.
08-08-12, 09:51 AM #15
IMO, religion should never be banned...
To say that it should, is the same as saying "free thought", or "opinion" should be banned.
However, I reserve the right to disagree with said thoughts and opinions.
08-08-12, 10:32 AM #16
From your link:
The clergy were publicly vilified and humiliated, their vestments taken and desecrated. More than 200 clerics of various faiths were imprisoned, others were forced to seek work in either industry or agriculture, and some were executed or starved to death. The monastery of the Franciscan order in Shkodėr was set on fire, which resulted in the death of four elderly monks.
Article 37 of the Albanian Constitution of 1976 stipulated, "The State recognises no religion, and supports atheistic propaganda in order to implant a scientific materialistic world outlook in the people", and the penal code of 1977 imposed prison sentences of three to ten years for "religious propaganda and the production, distribution, or storage of religious literature." A new decree that in effect targeted Albanians with Christian names stipulated that citizens whose names did not conform to "the political, ideological, or moral standards of the state" were to change them. It was also decreed that towns and villages with religious names must be renamed. Hoxha's brutal antireligious campaign succeeded in eradicating formal worship, but some Albanians continued to practice their faith clandestinely, risking severe punishment. Individuals caught with Bibles, icons, or other religious objects faced long prison sentences. Religious weddings were prohibited. Parents were afraid to pass on their faith, for fear that their children would tell others. Officials tried to entrap practicing Christians and Muslims during religious fasts, such as Lent and Ramadan, by distributing dairy products and other forbidden foods in school and at work, and then publicly denouncing those who refused the food, and clergy who conducted secret services were incarcerated.
You cannot regulate thought and belief.
And that is horrific. How you can say that was successful is beyond me.
08-08-12, 10:56 AM #17
08-08-12, 12:14 PM #18
Religion is, in many ways, a cause of many social problems.
It might be true when religious practices are socially or ethically disfunctional.
But my own opinion is that in many cases something else is happening. Religion typically represents what people in any society think is highest and best. So leaders and would-be leaders will inevitably try to use religion to justify whatever it is that they want to do, and whatever is is that they want the people to support.
The thing is, even if we got rid of religion, there would still be crimes and human-rights abuses. People will still have ideas (albeit more secular ones perhaps) about what's highest and best. And unscrupulous leaders will still try to wrap themselves in those new flags. It might be 'Marxist revolution' or something like that.
It is wholly scientifically illegitimate
Since religion often concerns itself with ideas about supernatural beings and states of affairs, it's hard to see how naturalistic science would have much relevance in helping us decide whether or not those ideas are legitimate.
and counter-productive. It is divisive and deceptive. Should religion, therefore, be banned?
The argument against banning religion would stem from the idealistic "free speech" principle
but in this case, it is more beneficial for society to protect religious "free speech" or to do away with religion?
08-08-12, 12:25 PM #19
Religion is partying, pretty much, kind of different. You all get religious. Ban modern churches? Nay. They have significant value, imagine the faithful when we overcome. WE will storm the churches. They are ours, we will amend our words taken from us and skewered.
Love, love, love.
08-08-12, 01:22 PM #20
I don't think they have much value to society, but that's irrelevant. It's impossible to ban religion without also becoming a totalitarian police state.
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