notion that religion, by definition, is irrational.
This is not debatable... I mean... the concept
of faith is irrational.
So be it.
From this notion I draw some strength in my
"try to be social" need to accept or tolerate
folks and their religious beliefs.
Perhaps I should conclude that some (all?) people
have a need to be irrational ... and if they didn't
have religion... they'd just be irrational in some
other aspect of their life.
And at least with religion there's some
religious leaders out there to control or contain the
So, just as with the notion of Civil Protest...
something we embrace in Western Democracies,
Religion is pretty much a pressure valve.
This also speaks to the issue of why intolerant
governments have historically beaten down civil
protest and ... religious diversity.