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Is Criticism the same thing as Persecution?


Asked by Anonymous at 3:34 PM on Feb. 16, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Religious persecution is when opportunities, property, education, rights, etc are limited based on religion. Like the situation in Iran. In Iran, people of certain faiths are taxed, not allowed to go to school, not allowed to own businesses, forced to live in a separate area, etc.

    Criticism is when a question or difference of opinion is brought up. The purpose of criticism *should* be to develop a deeper understand of the subject matter-- a better view of the benefits and limitations of the theology. The writings of saints and clergy are religious criticism. Those thinkers are using questions and differences of opinion to expand their understanding of the faith they profess.

    Answer by ecodani at 3:42 PM on Feb. 16, 2010

  • Depends on the manner of criticizing. Gentle criticism- not persecution, harsh, hateful criticism could be called persecution.

    Answer by SleepingBeautee at 3:37 PM on Feb. 16, 2010

  • Hmmm. Criticising is like slander or ridicule maybe? When I think of persecution, I think of an action against like jail, torture, their religion being taken away. Same boat perhaps.

    Answer by 3gigglemonsters at 3:44 PM on Feb. 16, 2010

  • It is to some on

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:48 PM on Feb. 16, 2010

  • No, the two are completely different.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:03 PM on Feb. 16, 2010

  • Criticising is like slander

    no, it's not. nor is it persecution.

    Answer by autodidact at 4:11 PM on Feb. 16, 2010

  • No. Calling you a dumbass for believing in stupid stuff is criticizing. Burning your house down because of your stupid beliefs is persecution.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:14 PM on Feb. 16, 2010

  • NO way!! Although many people often confuse the two. If one is unsure of true persecution, they need only look through our history books. Many faiths and many groups of people have faced TRUE persecution....and they would surely tell you the difference between criticism and persecution.

    Answer by sahmamax2 at 4:37 PM on Feb. 16, 2010

  • Not in my opinion.

    To me criticizing is basically like analyzing why someone did or believes as they do.

    Persecution is physical action done against someone or someones based on something they believe that you find fault with.

    Answer by Amaranth361 at 7:48 PM on Feb. 16, 2010

  • It depends...I think there's a spectrum of criticism that can go from friendly conversation on one end to full on harassment or bullying on the other end.

    Answer by mogencreative at 9:19 PM on Feb. 16, 2010