Religious Freedom is great, as long as it only applies to my religion.

Sara - posted on 06/29/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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You probably know the type of person I’m referring to. The type who get angry as angry can be if they think their religious freedom is in jeopardy, while at the very same time are outraged when religions other than their own are recognized as legitimate, treated with an equal level of respect, and would be quite happy if the belief systems they don't like where driven out. Now the first part of the statement is fine and good, but it seems very strange at best, but perhaps, also quite hypocritical to demand rights for your own beliefs, while not wanting the same rights to given to other’s beliefs. So, what are your thoughts?

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Jen I disagree - I am a Christian yet I will happily celebrate other religious events. I (hopefully) do not discredit other religions because their views differ to mine - EVERYBODY has a right to an opinion or belief. IMO as long as the religion is teaching people tolerance and love then I see nothing wrong with there being other religions.

I believe that if there is a demand for celebration then there should be celebration, I also feel that within reason people should not be stopped doing things that they are required for religion (Burqa's pose security risks at airports for example).

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Yes, they are the ones who complain that any other holiday except theirs is acknowledged. They are the ones who are really angry that their pet religion no longer has favorite-child status.

In my never humble opinion, atheists are the only ones who can treat each religion equally because we don't give one credence over another.

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What's that saying? " Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."...ya, that one! Can't we all just get along?! ;)

*Lisa* - posted on 06/29/2010

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I agree that they need to respect the freedom of EVERY individual. I think it's pretty straight forward. Anyone who expects that only their rights should be met are hypocritical.

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But you know that prayer has no business in a public school no matter WHO is being prayed too ;-)

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Some valid points there! There are some people who simply could care less about any other religion on the face of this planet and then claim that their faith is being attacked. Those are the ones that are quite predjudice and live with blinders on. Nothing you can do or say will change their beliefs of accepting others. You won't change them.

Sara - posted on 06/29/2010

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And i'm not so much referring to gorups here (like Westboro Baptist), as much as individuals. I overheard a conversation this morning of a couple of coworkers quite angered by the fact that they don't say a prayer in most schools anymore, but from past conversations I gather they would be even more outraged if the prayer was addressed to Allah, one of the Hindu gods, and so forth.

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