Politics and Religion
Religion should have absolutely nothing to do with politics. Decisions should be based on morality, and morality is by no means derived from religion. This hub will address the obvious immoral practices still in use today, in order to convince that religion should by no means influence political decisions.
Please bear in mind that I bear no grudge against people being faithful,I do however have a problem with immoral practices and the notion that religion should have any part at all within politics and the law. I do not believe that any of our decisions should be based upon uncertain Gods.
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Religion Is not Moral
Religious practices, whatever they are based on, by contemporary standards, are not not based on morality. I will now proceed to denounce each major religion for practices encouraged that are immoral.
Islam & Judaism
Ritual slaughter and the concepts of Halal meat and Kosher. Religious communities of these two faiths commonly forbid the practice of stunning animals before slaughter. The reasoning behind this is that of the need for the animal to be conscious when slaughtered. This means that even when done perfectly, the practice leads to animals suffering unnecessarily.
Long investigations by the British government's Farm Animal Welfare Council (1985) concluded with
"'religious methods of slaughter, even when carried out under ideal conditions, must result in a degree of pain, suffering and distress which does not occur in the properly stunned animal' (p. 42)."
Furthermore, in 1990 the Scientific Veterinary Committee of the EU advised all European countries to make no allowances for practices that do not include stunning when slaughtering animals on the basis that it is more humane to stun the animals before slaughter.
Apart from wars, crusades and the inconvenience of having it forced upon non believers (TV, door visits, inaugural speeches), ideas such as condoms are evil, homosexuality is a sin and abortion is wrong are all immoral and are not of any use to our society. With great thanks to Pope Benedict XIV, who forbade the use of condoms branding them as evil, countless lives were lost due to HIV in the trusting, catholic countries.
This religion features the adoption of one of the cruelest and most unfair societies, a racist, distinct, and shameless caste system based on family lineage. Inter caste marriage is forbidden by many families, and caste based organisations propagate the caste system, spreading widespread racism based simply on the tone of skin and family one is born of.
The refusal by many sikhs to take off their turbans to put on a motor cycle helmet results in an estimated 40% chance higher risk of death in an accident. This is not immoral to anyone but themselves as due to a religious belief, more motorcyclists will die.
Rather than base our decisions on antiquated tomes and scriptures, we should base it on contemporary understandings of what justice and morality is. A world where everyone is treated equally in a meritocracy can be agreed upon by most as a fair one.
Furthermore, nobody's beliefs should make them exempt for what the law is. That is inherently unfair. If I believed that the speed limit should not be 30 and drive 35, I will be punished. Likewise, if you believe that Halal meat is the only way to prepare meat and do so, you should also be punished if it is against the law to do so. There are reasons for why the law exists, and either the reasoning is not sufficient, and all people are entitled to rebel against it, or the law's reasoning is sufficient, and everyone should abide by it. At no point is it fair to allow people with particular beliefs to be exempt from the law, regardless of whether they were born of religion or upbringing.
Therefore, religion featuring unnecessary and immoral practices should play no part at all in politics, law or exemptions of it. If religion comes up with a good idea, it is because of the fact that it is a good idea that it will be used, not because it was passed down by a questionable God to humanity.