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What is the point in illegalizing a belief?

Generally there aren't illegal beliefs in this country. But through history and in various parts of the world there are beliefs which are against the law. My thing has always been, WHY? I mean, even if someone lives by another belief system on the outside - out of a need to - you can't actually force them not to have their own beliefs on the inside. So what is the point of creating laws against beliefs? Do these governments actually think making a belief or thought illegal is going to stop people from having them?

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SabrinaMBowen

Asked by SabrinaMBowen at 11:15 PM on Aug. 13, 2010 in Religious Debate

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  • Short answer ... for control over the general population.
    SpiritedWitch

    Answer by SpiritedWitch at 11:28 PM on Aug. 13, 2010

  • Do these governments actually think making a belief or thought illegal is going to stop people from having them?  No but it will stop it from taking over and imposing their laws on the native people.

    beeky

    Answer by beeky at 11:55 PM on Aug. 13, 2010

  • They arn't illegalizing the belief, they are making organizing as a group with common unpopular beliefs illegal.

    You can NOT legislate what people think or believe. You can only legislate their freedom to organize and share their beliefs with others
    Maureen-MD

    Answer by Maureen-MD at 12:08 AM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • In all honesty pure and plain stupidity.
    hot-mama86

    Answer by hot-mama86 at 12:18 AM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • control...and stupidity. its like if a govt tried to make thinking about sex illegal. we could all pretend we were never thinking about it, but we would. you just cant stop someone from thinking about something, believing in something, or feeling a certain way. those who try that always fail.
    okmanders

    Answer by okmanders at 1:18 AM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • Because it makes people feel in control of people who are different from them and that they do not understand.
    MooNFaeRie30

    Answer by MooNFaeRie30 at 7:35 AM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • It was a way to generate power and control, and was thought to unite the population and promote nationalism, I believe...
    bandgeek521

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 9:11 AM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • It's called 'Control, Power, Intimation at it's finest, it has worked in the past, why not now...
    Will it stop those who believe and practice differently? --- NO...it will only cause those to hide...
    And it's soooooo "Wrong"
    gmasboy

    Answer by gmasboy at 11:02 AM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • Making a belief illegal, no. Making some of the practices of a belief illegal, yes IF it calls for harming another or hurting someone else in some fashion.
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 11:29 AM on Aug. 14, 2010

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