Religion doesn’t just deal with the belief in god. It comes with rituals, customs and prescribes how men should behave towards each other. Many times in the past and presently, wars have been fought because Shi’ite Muslims can’t agree with Sunni Muslims, and men have been beheaded/ imprisoned for renouncing belief in the Muslim version of god. Many people have argued that religion is good for society and that it has made positive contributions to our societies. In a way, this is true, my question has been whether these could have been achieved without religion?
To be brutally honest, I try not to be. But it is becoming more difficult to turn a blind eye even though I live in a country where the impact of religion is minimal.
South Africa has one of the best constitutions in the world, so I have heard said, and Church and State are very much separated. Even though President Jacob Zuma once declared the ANC would still be in office when Jesus returned, I don’t believe he is that religious to take himself seriously; not considering how many wives he has.
Although he is considered by many to be corrupt, so perhaps that might be a point in his favour if ever he decided to declare he was religious?
Growing up in the UK I noted the “Troubles” of Northern Ireland, and merely thought these people, Catholic and Protestant were nuts. I occasionally paid attention to the perennial…
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