The Necessity of Secularism | Steven Kettle | TEDxWarwickSalon
Read Time:8 Second

The Necessity of Secularism | Steven Kettle | TEDxWarwickSalon

0 0



This talk will be addressing the role religion plays in warfare and will question society’s habit of hastily blaming religion for conflict. Steven Kettell is an Associate … .

source

Happy
Happy
0 %
Sad
Sad
0 %
Excited
Excited
0 %
Sleepy
Sleepy
0 %
Angry
Angry
0 %
Surprise
Surprise
0 %

Average Rating

5 Star
0%
4 Star
0%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%

13 thoughts on “The Necessity of Secularism | Steven Kettle | TEDxWarwickSalon

  1. The Damocles Sword hanging over our heads. As Steven Kettle rightly puts it: "There are a total of 71 countries around the world with blasphemy laws or policies in place. You should pause a second to let that sink in… Right…? And 86% of these laws have prison sentences attached to them, or in some cases, punishments that were even more severe, including death which is about severe as it gets"! And we call this "Modern" Times! !

  2. Secular and humanists have spent long enough Apologizing for being who they are and explaining away their views.  It is time to go on the offensive against ideologies (or perhaps, pathologies) like Christianity and accuse them of being responsible for eugenics, sterilization, abortion (Christian Republicans on the Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973 at Roe v. Wade 5-2] birth control, (as Thomas Malthus an Anglican Minister founded the idea of Population Control), homosexuality (grew out of Western Christendom, not atheism or minor peace religions like Judaism & Jainism), that the religious right is to blame for "moral relativism," "situation ethics," and the loss of "absolute truth" as Christians apply 1 standard to themselves "We are under grace," and a double standard to others "they are under law" while Secularists/humanists are the ones who believe in Truth/Intellectual Honesty & Universal ethics of right and wrong that applies equally to everyone. Evolution was developed by Darwin (who came from a conservative Christian family & also led to in part to Nazism).  Conservative Christians in the Midwest/Southern U.S. are the ones with the highest divorce rates, more domestic abuse, higher crime rates, lower educational outcomes, etc and thus they are to blame for the breakdown of the traditional family and American culture, not "coastal liberals."The more Christian a segment of society is like African-Americans or Latinos, the higher their crimes rates, lower their productivity, etc.  While the less religious Asians & Jews have the lowest crime rates and highest achievement rates.  Countries with greater saturation of Christianity like Latin America & China are more corrupt, crime-infested, and so on…  Less religious countries like Switzerland, Holland, Japan, etc rank better on health, education, crime, etc.  It seems that Israel is the only religious country that does well because of its Jewish religion.

  3. A repeated mistake in this talk, sadly, is that it is about 'religion', as if all religions are the same. They are not. Some have much more emphasis in their central texts on violent conquest, violent punishments, and other acts illegal in the UK than others.

    Religions have some kind of 'back story' that, combined with their group nature (as explained quite well in this talk), provides a motivation for doing things according to the prescriptions of the religion. Then there are the specific prescriptions i.e. requirements for behaviour that are motivated by the back story, etc.

    Consequently, good and bad behaviour are not the result of exactly the same thing, inherent to 'religion', as claimed in this talk. The list of behaviour rules is also needed, along with the motivating mechanisms.

    Having said that, I do support secularism and the separation of church and state. I just think the arguments used here make some big mistakes in getting to the right conclusion.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Previous post Section 377 of the Indian Constitution
Next post History Summarized: Classical India