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Is it love to tell people that an all-good
personal God exists? No because it is to
say that people should not be valued above all but he should for he is all-good
and better than us and because all good including ours is really just his.
That is putting belief before people. Religious people and secular people
have a positive right and a fundamental human right to real relationships
with others instead of people just or mainly doing good for them to please
God. If it is okay to put your belief in God before people then how
could hurting them in the name of God be wrong?
Principles come before being comfortable. Keep away from religion.
If there is
no God, then religion is idolatry. Do not put human feelings before human
dignity by saying it does not matter as long as you enjoy worshipping. Is it not better to make an idol of
good rather than God like atheists might do? It is less chancy!
doctrine and rules are not important. Concern yourself with happiness and
the happiness of people instead. Learn the truth about religion for there
is no justice where truth is not put first. This is about honouring you
through honouring the truth.
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LESSON OF THE WEEK
HOW CAN THE LAW EXCUSE DISCRIMINATION ON RELIGIOUS
How can the law excuse discrimination on religious grounds?
The reason this might be done is when religious rights and other
rights are in conflict so the law must decide which side matters
most. That is unworkable for one judge cannot agree with another -
with a religious or secular judge there is a risk of bias.
It might be done for some people treat religious beliefs and thus
religious believers as mattering more than any other kind of belief
and by logical consequence believer. That is the problem with
religious belief if it is made-up or man-made - it gets an honour
and status it does not deserve at the expense of other beliefs. That
results in the preachers and leaders and servants of the faith
looking for and getting special treatment. You cannot treat one
belief system differently from another without having a
discriminatory attitude towards some people. The attitude leads to
the question: should people get exemptions on religious grounds that
is to say on the grounds of religious belief?
There are three different exemptions to talk about.
1 Specific religious exemptions
This applies to appointments that are
strictly internal to the religion such as who it employs as Church
staff or chooses as ministers. The Catholic Church is allowed to
discriminate against transmen who want to become priests. It will
discriminate against somebody who thinks that Jesus became gender
fluid at the resurrection. A Mormon cannot get a job as spiritual
director or chaplain in a Catholic school even if that person far
exceeds their Catholic counterpart as a people person and has better
potential to inspire. People are discriminated against. Ideas are
discriminated against which means resolving to discriminate or
discriminating against those who have the ideas. It is only luck
that these problems do not arise more and more. We could just as
easily waken up to a world that is crippled with such issues. We
have to care about the principle or else it can or will happen.
2 Educational religious exemptions
Teachers who are polyamorous or LGBT or
gender neutral may be unable to get work in a religious school.
Teachers who speak of gay rights may be sacked for contradicting the
ethos of the school.
3 General religious exemptions
The biggest controversy is usually over
general religious exemptions. The exemption will only be considered
if it is about
a letting the religion be true to its beliefs so the
beliefs must not be offended or undermined. An example is banning
pro-gay films in cinemas in Christian areas.
b Fitting in with the religious beliefs. For example,
letting Seventh Day Adventists have Saturday off work for it is the
Sabbath day. Letting Catholics ban alcohol on Good Friday. Letting
Muslim areas ban displays of the Catholic communion wafer which they
consider to be idolatry.
The dangers of these exemptions is in the case is in how the
Christian Brethren Church could have banned a LGBTI suicide
prevention group from a campsite in Victoria used by its
organisation: Christian Youth Camps.
The denial of access was not upheld by the law. The reasons were
that the camp failed to prove it was really all about religion or a
religious body. It was about camping more than religion in the eyes
of the law. And also, their argument that LGBTI lifestyles were
gravely sinful was dismissed as most people identifying as
Christians would not agree. For that reason, declaring them a sin
was not an essential or fundamental teaching of the Christian faith.
We cannot expect the law to investigate whether a doctrine truly
came from Christ and therefore is Christian. It has to go along with
what many self-declared Christians say. It is true that Mormonism is
not Christianity but for the purpose of the law it has to be treated
as Christianity. It has to take the Mormon's word for it. That
raises problems. The content of the belief does not matter enough to
justify discrimination. Thus a Catholic school cannot really have
the right to oust a teacher who becomes Mormon and starts preaching
that God is a polygamous man and not a universal spirit.
Another danger of the exemption is that there is more to a religion
than just praying and believing. Religion for Christians is about
the whole of life so they offer even their eating and drinking to
God. Thus even a janitor who hates the idea of God but who says
nothing can be a problem in a Catholic school as he is seen as
blocking God from acting in him.
Nothing changes the fact that the law has no right to punish
anybody for holding a belief be it religious or otherwise. But it
does have the right within limits to stop you acting on your belief.
The right to live by a belief be it religious or whatever is
qualified. If people would become secular and stop getting
involved with organised religion there would be no problem.
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