• Religion is a belief not a identity

    Religion doesn't change who you are or what you are. It is about your personality that matters. I knew a girl who was an atheist. If you don't know what this means someone who does not believe in religion. My teacher went through the whole class asking which religion we believed in she was the only one who didn't have a religion. From that day everyone treated her differently for her belief. I think any one should be ashamed of their religion. Sadly she commuted suicide after felling different. It was very sad to hear the whole class got ashamed by the head teacher, Apart from me because she had wrote a not saying every one would ashamed me of my belief apart from this girl.

  • When someone says that religion is influencing their decision publicly, It may be true, But it is not right to say so.

    You cannot say, "I am not going to hurt someone because the Bible told me not to. " It is common sense and basic humanity to not hurt someone else. Religion should not influence a person's decision. Religion should guide and help people if needed in private. In private, A person can believe whatever they would like (hence freedom of religion and speech). Using religion to back up thoughts publicly will cause controversy and is not politically correct.

  • Why allow something to make a decision for us

    We are humans. Religion is fine, I don't care though it is a private matter that should stay with you. It should not be used in public matters because of this a new day an age we can not just open a bible and say it says this so it's wrong. If you are religious than okay, that is fine, but do not just go around saying you can't do something because it is against your religion. This isn't about who God is or what he can do. This is about living our lives before we die and giving others to do the same. Leave your religion with you, but do not bring it us in a public matter or decision

  • Even god says it should be

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    “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full!
    6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

    16 “When you fast, do not look sombre as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full!
    17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face,
    18 so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”''

    it clearly states you should pray in private and that anyone praying in public is a hypocrite, not to mention it isn't anyone's bloody business what religion you have

  • Spiritual beliefs are very individual

    Even when one chooses to share beliefs with an organized group of like-minded people, each individual maintains their own unique version of those beliefs. Within their organized group they can share more of their private thoughts if they wish, but in government and the workplace religious beliefs have no place.

    Certainly moral and ethical decisions and beliefs may be directed and maintained with the religious backdrop, but the reasoning needs to stand up to non-religious review and practice.

    This way, people of various religious and spiritual beliefs can live and work together without their individual spiritual beliefs creating conflict. Conflicts may arise from moral or philosophical differences that can then be debated without religious beliefs entering into the conversation.

  • Ban Provocative Clothing

    If a westerner walks in public you do not know what their religion is. If religious clothing is worn then you are defining yourself and in effect shouting out your religion. This can be provocative to someone with opposite beliefs. Ban religious clothing and practice your faith in private. Especially in western society.

  • Religion is a private matter meaning it NEEDS to be saved for private life.

    Not all people have the same religion, which means not all people believe the same things. People can become upset and aggravated just by what other people think. Since religions collide I think that they can choose a better place to meet up and show their religion. People can die because of showing it too much. Is that really worth death?

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  • Religion IS Private and personal

    Religion is a private and personal matter - It is personal to everybody.
    People are confusing religion with the Gospel
    well first you have to decide what type of religion are you talking about? You are the salt……… the light………………. Something like that
    Difference between…………………………………..?

    Not exclusively personal I say Yes

  • Yes it is

    This is a matter of some one 's own thinking and understanding that how human are created and who is the creator and what is the right path .What is the purpose of human creation?
    If someone has a particular belief then there should be nothing to force him on another belief .
    We cancel out religion by force .

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  • Religion Demands Practice

    Too often, Religion is considered a matter of belief that should not affect how we behave with respect to conforming to secular expectations. That is, In fact, One of the foundational ideas of the United States. However, Any religion worth its salt demands that we obey (in the words of the old Hebrew National ad) a higher authority. Christians in particular are called not just to believe (e. G. Eph 2:8-9), But to act (Eph 2:10). The same is true of Buddhists, Muslims, Jews, And (depending on the tradition) Hindus. Moreover, There is a danger in hidden religion. While every one of these religions calls us to love and, To a greater or lesser extent, Avoidance of violence, Religion in private can be twisted into its opposite. The Koran has no support for terrorism, Not the Bible for hatred. Some popular Buddhism in Sri Lanka during their civil war became an unrecognizable call to genocide. Obviously religion can (and is) twisted by leaders with political agendas as well. However, A main aspect of most religions, And of Christianity in particular, Is that salvation is NOT individual (though our political preconceptions tend to cause us to read it that way). The health of the community, And even the world, Is an integral part of God's salvation. It is not enough for me to have my own personal relationship with God while others suffer oppression. I must live my religion, Not just believe it. And I must live it publicly, Regardless of the cost. Yes, Our political tradition objects to that. Jesus faced the same objection. The most command command in the Gospels is "love, " and the second most common is "follow me. " That doesn't mean you have to, But it does mean I do.

  • Can't be done!

    What would it even look like to keep my Christian faith private? It shapes everything in my life. To 'keep it private' would be to not follow Jesus, which I can't do.

    It's also worth pointing out that the idea that religion is a private thing, or a purely individual thing which should be kept to yourself, is a conviction about the nature of religion. It's proponents are claiming primacy for their beliefs over and against the beliefs of others in a very public manner, whenever they insist faith be private. That's ok, we should debate these things. But let's not miss the fact that in essence to demand that religion be kept private is a very public statement of one's religious convictions.

  • God isn't a secret

    Why should one keep their religion to himself? With the freedom of speech and religion, there shouldn't be any shame in being a Christian or Muslim or any other religion. Although, we shouldn't go out like the Pharisees did in the old days and pray to be recognized. Religion shouldn't be kept private.

  • Belief by its nature cannot be private

    What is this thing called 'religion'? It is such a vague term. Companies talk of corporate religion - a means to build up team spirit? Was Soviet Communism or Fascism a religion? Is militant atheism a religion? Then we have the business of 'private'? What exactly does it mean to speak of the 'private' realm? Does such a thing objectively exist or is it really a sentiment? It strikes me that the question is actually saying 'belief systems should be not be shared because some people find some ideas difficult - particularly the notion of reality having a supernatural underlying basis. However, whether you answer 'yes' or 'no' - ideas and in particular religious ideas are things that humans act upon and talk about.

  • Wouldn't be religion then

    If religion was private it would dwindle and die - much to the happiness of the atheist. But then it wouldn't be religion. Christianity is founded on the idea that we have good news to share with the world - they are In trouble, in sin, under God's wrath and facing judgement and eternal punishment but the good news is that the same God has done an extraordinary thing to save us - he died in our place.

  • The argument that religion is personal is absurd.

    Primarily religion is man's attempt at avoiding death or attaining some post mortem reality. Either way humans see no meaning in annihilation or non existence. Therefore, religions purport to hold the true meaning of life. As such, it is the believer's obligation to provide others the same opportunity. Religion is a social construct aimed at living right, finding purpose and avoiding annihilation as an ultimate consequence (or worse). So, if one is aware of the truth, to NOT share this information surely is the ultimate evil. So, keeping religion private is harmful to others, selfish and an utterly ridiculous argument.

  • Don't preach, but try to understand.

    No one should have to be subject to preaching of dogmatic values. But people are defined by their beliefs, and will make choices based on these. If Joe's friends do not know what Joe believes, Joe's decisions could shock them, and they will never completely understand Joe. In order to be tolerant of everyone, we should make an effort to understand each other's backgrounds, so we do not judge others without knowing the full story. Not understanding someone is harmful partial knowledge.

  • Religion that doesn't change your life is no religion worth having.

    Just as an atheist makes his/her decisions based on the assumption that there is no higher authority, a person who truly (more than lip service) believes in God will form their decisions based on a belief on the rules of that higher authority. The belief will impact the person's entire view of life, just as a belief that there is no afterlife influences the atheists world view. I cannot leave my belief that God created all life sacred at home when we discuss abortion or human rights because it is the basis of my position. Tolerance is allowing the other person be what you consider wrong -- not forbidding them to express their opinion.

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