Should Religion Be Exempt From Criticism

“I look forward to the day when violence done under the influence of religious passion is considered more dishonorable, more shameful, than crimes of avarice, and is punished accordingly, and religious leaders who incite such acts are regarded with the same contempt that we reserve for bartenders who send dangerously disabled people out onto the highways.

I also look forward to the day when pastors who abuse the authority of their pulpits by misinforming their congregations about science, about public health, about global warming, about evolution must answer to the charge of dishonesty. Telling pious lies to trusting children is a form of abuse, plain and simple. If quacks and bunko artists can be convicted of fraud for selling worthless cures, why not clergy for making their living off unsupported claims of miracle cures and the efficacy of prayer?”
Daniel C. Dennett Co-director, Center for Cognitive Studies, Tufts University

And the Catholic Church keeps asking for free speech to be censored.  And the Republican religious right wants to put people in jail for blasphemy and other religious/church crimes.  The future is indeed going to be interesting…and maybe deadly.

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4 Responses to Should Religion Be Exempt From Criticism

  1. Judgement starts in the House of the Lord. So no, I think the church should be the first to receive constructive criticism. On global warming well all agree on that but the first that should receive criticism on that one are those who preach its manmade.

  2. Anonymous says:

    “I also look forward to the day when pastors who abuse the authority of their pulpits by misinforming their congregations about science, about public health, about global warming, about evolution must answer to the charge of dishonesty.”

    Oh so persecution of Christians being thrown into jail without trial, priests being put in a line and shot down, adults and children alike being tortured into denying the God that they love yeah that kinda sounds like every dictatorship that has ever been on the face of the Earth (Hitler, Stalin etc.).Oh and don’t think they would stop at the Christians the handicapped and different racial groups would be next.Sounds like a deadly realistic future to me.

    • the word of me says:

      What kind of world do you live in…no one is going around shooting or torturing anyone…except the Muslims.

      • Anonymous says:

        “I also LOOK FORWARD to the day when pastors who abuse the authority of their pulpits by misinforming their congregations about science, about public health, about global warming, about evolution must answer to the charge of dishonesty.”

        Yeah, isn’t that how it started? trying to get people to blame certain groups for the problem they were facing?

        No, this is not the world I live in and I pray that it never will.Because the future he is looking forward to will be a very dark day for the human race.

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