And conversely, if you feel it should not be debated, why not?
I think it is a worthy debate when we consider how faith affects populations in general. It is a worthy topic of debate, for example, when we consider the fact that this nation, which was based on secular ideas of democracy, allows its laws to be formed based on religious beliefs rather than reason. It is then that faith, whether in the Christian god, or any other, is up for debate. When it's no longer a matter of personal beliefs that only affect a single person, but woven into laws that affect everyone, whether or not they share those same beliefs, it is worth debating. Examples of when religion crosses the line would be, among others, Prohibition, forbidding same-sex marriage, and attempts of certain religious groups to have Creationism or ID taught in public schools alongside valid science.
Answer by jsbenkert at 5:24 PM on Jun. 10, 2011
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Answer by NotPanicking at 5:33 PM on Jun. 10, 2011
When religious views bleed into laws, I feel compelled to stand up. ~OP
I do too, but I see it as more religious freedom and freedom as human beings, not god vs. no god, because there are many people (myself included) who do believe in some kind of God concept who do not want laws made based on Christian doctrine and who do not want Christian creationism taught in school. I do believe in a "god" but I believe everyone should be free to live their life how they want and I think science should be taught in science class and religion should be taught at home, church(whatever religious building) and religious classes, not science class. It has nothing to do with whether god is real or not.
Answer by Cestlavie4 at 5:50 PM on Jun. 10, 2011
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Answer by NotPanicking at 5:13 PM on Jun. 10, 2011
I prefer other areas of religious debate, because I think neither side can be proven and it just goes round and round. I don't see it as an untouchable topic, I get involved in it from time to time myself, I just think there are other areas of debate that are a little more satisfying (for myself anyway).
Answer by Cestlavie4 at 5:28 PM on Jun. 10, 2011
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