WA Delegate: The Commonwealth of Kotovania (elected 26 days ago)
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Why include it then?
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Who knows..? Fluff to add to the word count? Distinguishment from the moral argument? People say a lot of things that have little bearing on anything
Wasn't it Marx who said that religion was the opium of the masses? As in, the last hope of a hopeless people crushed under the wheels of capitalism. It is no wonder people turn to religion to cope with very difficult circumstances. In a socialist society, perhaps religion wouldn't be needed if people were no so oppressed. I don't know how many posters in this forum are American but atheism seems to be a lot more controversial there than here in the UK (based on my own perceptions - I could be wrong).
My personal opinion of religion is that it does give hope to many and helps them deal with their fear of death. However, on the flip side religion seems to be a form of social control and gang-membership (even oldies like their cliques). Luckily christianity is disappearing from the UK with huge declines in membership and adherence.
Maybe I'm just over thinking it...
Even if they didn't people would still have an opinion about those things...That doesn't mean that they need to be removed. Opposition is always going to be around and I don't see the point in overthrowing oppression just to go and install oppression.
My problem with religious institutions isn't the political opposition, but the fact that they serve no purpose but to dull the masses, legitimise bigotry and oppression, get the ideas of the ruling class "out there" through yet another medium, support oppressive social institutions and unnecessarily authoritarian forms of organisation and just generally spread the reaction. They will not be needed or welcome in socialism or a d.o.t.p. and if some wacko tried to start one I'd have no problem with suppressing them.
This is for in the CoL as well.
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- Gain Greeland
- RP a least once every other week.
- Get rid of unnecessary puppet nations: Puppet Nation & Regions Factbook
- Regain Charter Nation membership in the Democratic Socialist Assembly.
- Answer all issues in my nations from the following POV:
• Civil Libertarian
• Expand Political Freedoms
• "Rights & Freedoms before the Economy "
- Work on factbooks in ULR.
- Go to space & have a Mars colony in the CoL.
- Become a Socialist Nation.
- Decide between NATO & the WIP
Despite being strongly atheistic, I do think you might be going a bit overboard with this one.
Yes, I understand that the Catholic Church has bad practices and teaches extremely wrong lessons, but I can't believe that the church itself should be demonized for doing so.
First, let me say that for me, the main issue of all religion is their failure to renovate and reform to a modern era, where they are still teaching scripture that was acceptable , lets say the Dark Ages, but never modernized the text. Now society has moved on, and now new things are acceptable that the Bible, or any other religious scripture, condemns, but we still do it anyways. However, that does not say that people themselves have decided to modernize. People have been changing their ways, even without the sayings of a central church. Religious people are not inherently bad. Liberal religious people exist, people. I know many of them. (*cough*Kotovania*cough* ...ok, well he's not that religious, but still.)
Second, to say that "the church [is] a threat to society" is a bit too much, even for me. I don't think that the world would be any better without religion, more or less if it was everywhere.
Lastly, I pose a question. If a society plans to become socialist, what would they do with the local religion?
If they get rid of it, it will easily turn the world against that nation, for that nation would be seen as abusing people's civil rights to practice their own religion freely. They would be seen as a dictatorial, inhumane society than the socialist utopia they want it to be.
If they keep it, would it really be that bad?
(oh goodness I'm going to get so much backlash for this)
Okay, there's a difference between having a religion and being religious. I am a member of a more progressive-type church, but that does not mean I believe that the church is the one true way. I see it more as a freedom of choice as a belief system that can serve some sort of enlightening purpose in some peoples' lives. That being said, I see churches as needing to move towards keeping the ethics and morality they impose, which is what I see as their benefit. Many people would be far less "generous" (dare I say it) without some spiritual motivation, and the job of the church in the future is to make that "generosity" more human nature than "I need to be good or God hates me."
Not to sound pro-religion, which in many circumstances I'm not because of the severe way people misconstrue what they're told.
To quote the Hitchhiker's Guide:
"And then, one Thursday, nearly two thousand years after one man had been nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be to be nice to people for a change...
So, yeah, to each man his own coping mechanism that makes them want to be nice to people. Not that religion is the best way to accomplish this, which it quite clearly isn't as we see all of the horrible things religion sometimes drives people to do.