|Reviews for Policies Against|
| Mem The Great chapter 1 . 7/20/2012
Just a question for you: if there is no God, then what determines morals? According to evolution it would be fine for you to kill someone if they are stopping you from getting something like, food, shelter, a mate etc. After all, survival of the fittest and all that.
You might say that intelligence is a factor of human worth, but then it would be more unethical to kill a pig than a newborn human, since a pig is more intelligent. That would also mean that people that are smarter are worth more than their less intelligent counterparts. Just some food for thought.
| Lorendiac chapter 1 . 2/23/2012
One problem with your essay is that most of it is put in very vague, general terms. It makes it hard for the readers to understand EXACTLY what you think is happening in religious schools that needs to be stopped.
By the way, why do you keep jumping back and forth between having entire paragraphs in italics and entire paragraphs in plain text? It kept distracting me as I tried to figure out what made the italicized paragraphs different.
Anyway, I'll put quotes from your essay between asterisks - * like this * - to distinguish between your words and my comments.
* There is no need for religion to have morals. *
This is confusingly phrased.
When I first read that opening sentence, I thought you were saying: "A religion does not need to have any moral code attached to it. "
After a minute, as I kept going in your essay, I decided you had really meant: "It is possible for a human being to have a good moral code without being a devout member of any particular religion."
But that meaning wasn't clear from the way you actually phrased that sentence. At first glance, it seemed as if you were talking about an entire religion being the thing that has (or doesn't have) "morals." As opposed to talking about what an individual person does or doesn't need.
* Many parents send children to schools that are based on religion possibly because they will end up with higher grades, but have no idea of the other things their children will leave the school with. Memories of abuse and teachers forcing religion upon them and even taking religion too seriously and wanting to do some reckless thing that happens in a holy book like the Bible. *
I've never been to Wales - I live in the USA. But certainly I have known parents who chose to send their kids to schools run by one religious organization or another. I think the parents usually had a GOOD idea of what sort of experience the kids were going to get - including the idea that they'd be indoctrinated in the details of a certain religious tradition. So I feel confused when I see you suggesting parents sending their kids to religious schools often "have no idea" of what will happen.
Also, on "wanting to do some reckless thing," it would help if you were more specific. Providing examples of reckless things which kids have done in real life because of an old Bible story, for instance, so that we can visualize just what sort of dangers you are talking about.
* Also, any adult who discriminates against a child for believing in a religion or forbids them from practicing a religious action should also be suspended. *
Far too vague. If that were the universal rule, then any student could do anything at all and say "this is a religious action and you can't stop me because that would be interfering with my religion!" Theft, slander, dealing drugs, murder . . .
I'm pretty sure those things weren't what you had in mind, but since you don't DEFINE just what you mean by "practicing a religious action," there are no clear limits on where "religious action" would stop and "a rule which a student should be punished for breaking" would begin, if your rules were enacted by schools all over the world.
* Religious practice should be allowed if it is being used positively and for the benefit of others and not just the person practicing it. If it is used to spread hate and evil then it must be terminated. *
Again, that's vague; it's stated in general terms without offering any explanation of exactly how this would work in practice.
Who gets to judge whether or not some aspect of an existing religion qualifies as "hate and evil"?
And when you say certain practices "must be terminated," that raises the question of "terminated HOW?" By the forceful actions of government? Should the police grab everybody who practices a certain religion and throw them in prison until they promise to stop saying and doing things that make outsiders feel very unhappy and offended by the first group's beliefs and practices?
That would really open a can of worms!
* There is much hate talk spread through religion, for example, Homophobic Christians. They use the word of God to discriminate against groups such as Homosexuals which is truly wrong. It must be stopped and children must be taught that no one is lower down in society because they are different. *
Well, this comes down to basic beliefs and assumptions. I take it that you believe it is NEVER justifiable to look down on homosexuality as immoral, no matter what the Bible (or any other "holy book") says.
Many Christians believe it is NEVER justifiable to call homosexuality "a morally acceptable lifestyle choice," no matter what many other people say in this day and age.
You don't say anything in this essay that is going to cause those Christians to change their minds.
You are basically just asking them to take your word for it that your opinions are better than their opinions regarding the moral status of homosexuality. That is not likely to happen. (Just as you are not likely to simply take their word for it that they are right, either!)
| swiftshadow123 chapter 1 . 2/22/2012
Yup...I agree with this essay. It's not nice being forced to go to a faith school, when no one asked you if you were Catholic or not...my school has the best grades in the borough where I live, but that COULD BE due to a sort of test you have to take before you apply. Sigh.