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Why is religion such a dirty word?

Yes, i know much hate and devastation has been caused in the "name of religion", but much good has been done too.

And why is it so many people are pushing away from the word "religious"? If you follow any form of organized religion, i hate to break it to you, but you're probably religious. You can be spiritual too! but just because you "have a relationship with Jesus" (or fill in related statement for other religions here) does not excuse you from the fact that you are still practicing religion.
There are people who are just religious.
There are others who are both religious and spiritual.
Then there are others who are only spiritual.
None of these words are BAD. They are just different, and the person holding such practices is not necessarily a bad person either.


Asked by Anonymous at 1:16 PM on Nov. 2, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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Answers (10)
  • it's not a dirty word. it's peoples perception of the word religion and for me it's not so bad. i think everyone should have one.

    Answer by melody77 at 1:45 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • Atheist isn't a bad word either:)

    Answer by sahmamax2 at 1:56 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • Its not a bad word, but it is a confused word. Most ppl understand religion to be a type of spirituality, but its non of the sort. Religion is nothing more than a repetitious way of achieving spirituality. To me being "spiritual" has no limitations and is the best form of freedom(if not the only).


    Answer by sugahmamma at 2:06 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • it isnt so much that religion is a "bad" word...but that religion stands for the legalistic "dos & donts" of a belief or faith. religion isnt bad nor are the ppl who practice a religion, but often those who are over-zealous in their faith in a negative way are that way b/c their specific religious organization told them to act that way.

    Answer by okmanders at 2:07 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • organized religion is a dirty word to me.

    Answer by NightPhoenix at 3:01 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • For me...spirituality means that it comes from inside you and its something that is personal and meaningful and can grow,etc.
    Religion(esp. when talking organized) means rules and dogma and burning in hell if not done just right according to someone other than yourself(aka priests and such).

    So for me, I realize its not necessarily a "bad" word but it certainly can leave a bad taste in my mouth.

    Answer by Amaranth361 at 3:43 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • Religion has a connotation of authority. That is why people take it as a bad word.

    Answer by OneToughMami at 4:38 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • Extremists and scandal have helped to tarnish the image. 9/11 changed what we think of Muslims. Westboro Church has altered views on fundamentalists. Priest scandals have hurt the image of the Catholics. Jim Bakker and televangelism, etc...

    The media does not help manners. A lot of people are disgusted by what is done in the name of religion, even if it's only by a few.

    Answer by anng.atlanta at 4:50 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • it's not a dirty word.. and it's not religion as much as it is people that follow a religion and abuse the religion to cover up political agenda's for their own selfish reasons. People that manipulate others to follow, and it ends up turning ugly. I don't blame the religion, or all of it's followers, but people that misuse their religion to hurt others.

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 8:34 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • Yes, i know much hate and devastation has been caused in the "name of religion",

    You've answered your own question. It isn't religion that's's the people who perform demented and inhumane acts in the name of their particular brand of religion.  There are extremists in every belief system.  And it is they that grab the headlines and the attention.  Obviously the publicity dept. of the Salvation Army is slacking on the job.


    Answer by witchqueen at 9:16 PM on Nov. 2, 2009