It is undeniable that religion is a big part of a lot of societies. It is a part of different cultures, and it shapes the way people act, speak, and learn. But when do we take religion too far? When is it okay to speak about religion and when is it not okay? I live in America, a country that is well known for being free to speak and practice any religion we please. But these doesn’t stop people from insulting others or disrespecting them time and time again.
Tons of Americans hold grudges against Muslim people, because of 9/11, Isis, etc, but do these Americans realize that not all Muslims are “evil”? You may disagree with their religious views, but do we have the right to attack Muslim Americans purely because we are prejudice against them?? This is where I’d draw the line. Some Americans take it too far. How do you think it feels to law abiding Muslim Americans to be ridiculed and shouted “terrorist” to simply from wearing a hijab? This, to me, is absurd. I always respect everyone, no matter their religion. It doesn’t matter whether I agree with them or not. It’s not for me to say.
On the same topic of being ridiculed, many atheists are judged and insulted all the time, even if they are respectful. They are attacked simply because they don’t agree, even if it is their given right as an American. Atheists will not change their mind and suddenly be Christian, Catholic, Mormon, Jewish, etc if you shout, “You are rejecting God! You are an evil person! You are a sinner and you are going to hell!” I’m sorry, but how can this possibly offend an atheist if they do not believe in your god or your hell? Just saying, it won’t help.
Also, another thing that I don’t quite understand is when people use religion to back up their statements, or make every decision. “I’ll do this because God wants me to.” I’m sorry, but God would want you to make your own decisions, and do what makes you happy, and that would make him happy. He would want you to appreciate the life that was given to you. Your life was his gift to you.
These are just my random thoughts that occur to me. I’d be curious to hear your opinions too! Feel free to write them in the comments.