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Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Against Religion:

AC Grayling contributes a simple and well–written but deep (as usual) article, this one at last speaking out against the claim that any particular religion merits special attention or privileges.

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It is time to reverse the prevailing notion that religious commitment is intrinsically deserving of respect.
to believe something in the face of evidence and against reason - to believe
something by faith - is ignoble, irresponsible and ignorant, and merits the
opposite of respect. It is time to say so.
it is time to demand and apply a right for the rest of us to non-interference by
religious persons and organisations - a right to be free of proselytisation and
the efforts of self-selected minority groups to impose their own choice of
morality and practice on those who do not share their outlook.
But no organised religion, as an institution, has a greater claim to the
attention of others in society than does a trade union, political party,
voluntary organisation, or any other special interest group - for "special
interest groups" are exactly what churches and organised religious bodies are.
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