The following 15 minute video tells the story of child brides, featuring one girl in particular. I was struck by her frankness and courage and wanted to share her story.
I think most of us have some level of ability to learn from our mistakes, even if it is through behaviour modification as a result of painful experiences. It seems for some, like the couple discussed in the link below, that this is not where religion comes in. Religion deliberately encourages blind faith. When it gets to the point where parents are choosing to pray rather than take their children to a doctor it brings a whole new slant on the brainwashing abilities of religious organisations. And, for this couple, not only did they let their first child die, they did it again and have now lost their second child. I think it is tragic and question why the child was not removed from their care.
Unfortunately this is not a lone case. This has happened before. Just one example shown in the link below.
There have been so many tragic things happening in the past few weeks, bombings, murders etc. And you know what? These are just the ones that the media feel they should bring to our attention and often only the cases in Western civilisation as there are just too many to report all over the world. Increasingly I feel that this aspect of religion should be done away with. Not faith, we cannot and should not dictate to others their personal beliefs, but i think we need to try to take away the ability of religion to instruct people to live their lives in a manner that causes harm to others. People can choose to smoke and on all the cigarette packets are extensive health warnings, there are bans in public places and places of work from exposing others to the smoke. Should the same not be done with religion and everyone who teaches opinions rather than evidence and the ability to analyse for ourselves the evidence in front of us? It will not happen any time soon and I am increasingly despondent by the degree of harm this does everywhere I look and not only that, but the acceptance it finds in society generally.
This is the full article.
The case is that a woman ended up murdering one of her children and subjecting others to abuse as the result of a fervent religious belief that has been taken to the point of delusion. This is the problem with religious belief. it is accepted in society. No matter how wacky, if it is part of the major religions it will find some level of acceptance, tolerance and, in some cases, support. So when does it cross the line? When does simple cognitive dissonance (which does not cause harm to anyone beyond the person engaging in it) become delusional to the point at which adhering to a faith becomes more important than reality? Blind faith is dangerous and the only recourse I can see is education and broadening one's horizons. Unfortunately, it seems that not many people have access to or drive to do this, while at the same time faith-based delusion is encouraged.
Skeptical kinkster musing on whatever takes my fancy!