When a person blindly follows ANY religion, I believe part of them might stop to grow. As powerful as this faith may seem, it can be extremely dangerous when unchecked and when that person becomes so CONVINCED THEY ARE RIGHT and all others ARE WRONG, they not only are willing to DIE for their belief, but as we are seeing, they are willing to KILL. So when you talk about so many Catholics supporting activities that the Church opposes, perhaps we should consider this a good thing and begin a dialogue. But on a lighter note, I think it was House that said "If you could reason with religious people, there would be no religious people.: :shrug:
The hazards of blindly following religious doctrines.
Reading and hearing the phrase “religious freedom” so often in the media causes me to wonder if anyone other than myself has pondered the possibility that the two words are, perhaps, an oxymoron.
Let me explain. On the one hand, there is no quarrel over the phrase if it refers only to one’s right to choose any religion he or she likes, and to be able to attend public expressions of certain beliefs as found in Saturday or Sunday gatherings.
In support of this, there are some who are agitated over the seeming violation of said rights by policies that appear to undermine such beliefs, to wit: some aspects of health care coverage as found in the language of government endorsement.
On the other hand, if we are to consider a deeper level of meaning for the word “freedom,” it appears fair to suggest that the adoption of a set of religious doctrines may, in that sense, be at odds with freedom. If one’s faith precludes any questioning of its basic tenets or foundations, is one, then, genuinely “free”?
Should a person not be free to question such givens and assumptions as a part of freedom of thought? As an example, the “faithful” in the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities believe themselves to be in possession of the “word of God” within their translations of centuries old scriptures. Followers are not encouraged to question the validity of such assertions. In fact, one major religion states that it is “sinful” to doubt its claims.