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Oct 2009 27

Calling for reciprocity of respect, This isn’t politically correct, this might offend my religious connects.

When Aspecks was started, we made a conscious decision not to talk about religion because of its sensitivity. The decision was made to preclude the chance of causing offense. However it is for the precise reason that religious faith is so sensitive a topic; we would be doing ourself an injustice (as members of a diverse global community) by not addressing it. The revulsive insensitivity of this video was part of the stimulus for the change in our position.

Religious faith is an unshakeable pillar of many of the world’s societies which provides moral and ethical direction to many people’s and societies in varying degrees. The beliefs of Atheists or uncertainty of Agnostics are also by their very nature an exhibition of, or another form of faith (an acknowledgement of it at the very least). Some people are devout believers of their faiths and live quite strictly according to their teachings, while others merely ascribe to various faiths by name alone. However, in order to exist as a positive contributor in any community, a person must have some understanding of ethics/morals and how to treat other people.This would develop as a natural consequence of collective learning from socialisation between people over long periods of time.  

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It is for this reason that the argument can be made (and is being put forward forward for discussion) that religious belief is not a necessary requirement for moral values. It must also be noted that many religions share similar ethical value sets based on reciprocity of considerate behaviour.  Maybe, with this understanding, we can preclude the chance of differences in belief causing schisms and remove the opportunity for extremists to hi-jack any faiths to clash with other people in the name of their religions. We are calling for the reciprocity of respect for other people’s beliefs so that maybe one day wars are no longer fought in the names of religions and on a smaller scale offensive situations like the one in that youtube video never happen.

 

*Disclaimer: The choice of video is not meant to be an indictment of Christianity, Hinduism or any other religion; merely an exhibition of social ignorance and religious intolerance at work. The scenario would have been equally offensive if Christianity and Hinduism were interchanged with any other religion.


2 Comments

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