Religion is Politics

November 25, 2009

George Taylor, in an article on, points out that “in the same way that a recitation of faults never changed the neighbour-from-hell, insight is useless when arguing against faith. Believers will fall back on faith and the impossibility of disproving the existence of god …”

So the question is, “if reason and argument in public debate is not the answer where do we start?

Taylor’s answer is to recast the debate in political terms.

He asserts “that (a) religious recrudescence has little to do with popular religious sentiment and a lot to do with political machinations, (b) the stakes are not philosophical truth and clarity, they are freedom of speech and thought, and democracy itself.”

“The subversion of young minds” is achieved through political decisions on exposure to religion during compulsory education. Legislation in the UK “provides for mandatory religious education” Christianity is “an integral part of the background to most children’s’ education, creating an image of the permanence and authority of religion and the church.” In addition, highly funded evangelical organisations, such as Truth in Science (the nerve!), attempt to subvert science education, taking the view that “getting creationism into schools [is] the best way to convert non-Christians.”

At the international level, Christianity and Islam “claim legal privilege against discrimination and defamation, largely through human rights and equality legislation, stretching the meaning of the provisions from protection of the individual to protection for the entire religion. Thus in the United Nations Council for Human Rights the 57 nation members of the Organisation of the Islamic Council have forced through a resolution, fortunately non-binding, equating “Islamophobia” with racism and attempting to outlaw any defamation or criticism of Islam including “hostile glances”.”

Taylor reiterates his point, “Reason is not the antidote to faith. Argument or confrontation simply increases resistance, entrenches dogma and even creates martyrs. The need however is not to convert the faithful but to convince the uncommitted and those not emotionally invested in faith that Christianity and Islam are antagonistic to their interests. The constituency of the uncommitted is far larger than the religiously active and represents a vast potential for change.”


One Response to “Religion is Politics”

  1. Ah those poor young minds that require conversion from subversion!

    Better to abolish the UNCHR altogether and allow each particular volksgemeinschaft to determine its own rights among its own.

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