This is my very first Great Debates thread* ever, so please be gentle with me.
This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot, though.
Is it moral or right to impose one’s religion or morality on others if you truly believe your viewpoint is right, even though it doesn’t harm you directly?**
Let’s skip things that most of agree are obviously bad, like murder of another human, or sexual relations with the unwilling/unknowing. We’ll skip situations where harm obviously comes to you or someone else.
What I am talking about are grey areas. The most obvious one that comes to mind is abortion.
Say you are Catholic. You believe, firmly, up and down abortion is wrong, murder. Say I am atheist. I don’t believe abortion is murder. I think the opposite, as a a matter of fact…the fetus I abort now will make way for the loved and happy child I’ll have when I’m really ready for it.
Our moral stances are completely opposite. Do you think it’s right for you to impose your morality on me, just because it’s part of your religion?
I see this constantly in the real world. How about gay marriage? Or marrying between races?
You may think it’s wrong but I don’t. So you think it’s OK to have the government pass a law that says “no gay marriage, no abortions, and no racial intermarriage” because you think it’s wrong?
If not, then how come this is what’s happening, every day, all over the world? Forget the rest of the world for a minute (no offense, please!) This is supposed to be the country of freedom, the country where the Protestants ran to to escape persecution. I find it ironic that the same country is now being used as a vehicle to limit rights for several sectors of people.
I know some people are going to say “slippery slope”, if you let one kind of behavior go all kinds of behavior are going to come about. But…someone on this very board said every argument can be construed as a slippery slope. For the sake of a debate let’s limit it to beliefs that are in hot dispute…i.e., things we don’t truly know the right or wrong to at the moment.
I’m sure you already see my leanings in this thread. I hope I still tried to state this as impartially as I could.
*I know some of you are thinking, “She’s got less than 20 posts under her belt, what’s she doing posting in Great Debates?” Seriously, I’ve been lurking on and off for over three years…I used to be Elenia25 and then when I signed up I changed my username slightly. So I’m not entirely a newbie. You can decide if I should have kept my mouth shut.