Atheists, Christians, Muslims and Others: How do we all prevent new religious wars & religious persecutions?
Question by Andy F: Atheists, Christians, Muslims and Others: How do we all prevent new religious wars & religious persecutions?
Obviously, many of the people contributing questions and answers to YA on “Religion & Spirituality” have many disagreements about religion, ethics, the existence or non-existence of God, and several other subjects.
OK, so we have these disagreements, and some of us feel passionately about them.
But given that this is the reality today, how do we avoid taking the next step towards Hell on Earth, and violently fighting each other over religion and/or the negation of religion?
After all, one of the beauties of Yahoo Answers is that it gives each of us the chance to express our own religious beliefs, whatever they are, and to listen to other people expressing their beliefs.
It gives each of us the chance to argue against all of the others, if we feel that is right, and in some cases YA may give some of us the chance to be “converted” by the words of others.
Yet in many societies around the world, at many different times in history, people fought and killed each other over the kinds of religious disagreements that we can peacefully explore on Yahoo. Holy wars & Crusades & Jihads were fought against unbelievers. Violent revolutions occurred in the name of one faith or another.
And apparently saintly and harmless individuals turned from leading apparently blameless lives to the hunting down of “heretics,” with the result that innocent people were tortured & killed for disagreeing with their kings, caliphs, bishops or neighbors about the nature of God.
How do all of us who love to debate and tease each other here in the R&S section make sure that those violent & intolerant & bloody days of religious persecution never come again?
Or let’s say “most of us” here in R&S, since probably a few of us are religious True Believers who do like the notion of violent Holy Wars.
How do MOST of us in here find ways to keep speaking up for what we think is the “truth” — whatever that may be, and no matter who disagrees with it — without running the risk that we will turn a relatively tolerant society like the USA into a new scene of religious intolerance & bloodshed, such as Lebanon, Northern Ireland, Iraq or, say, northern Nigeria or Gujurat under the dominion of rival religious mobs?
A an added note of clarifying: I really would like to ask people about how to AVOID religious wars (and anti-religous wars) and persecutions.
I didn’t really mean to ask whether we should launch a war against a particular religion to “end religious war”, which to me seems an oxymoron.
Answer by I’m on a mission from God
There will always be people who believe that their god wants them to kill the nonbelievers. There is nothing we can do to prevent this without taking away human rights.
I’m persecuted every other day. That doesn’t mean that I need to back down or get up in arms about it. I will stand up for what I think is right, and I will not be violent. That’s the only thing I can do about it.
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