Except you are outside their culture so have no place deciding the terms of when they will organically decided through an internal dialogue that education to eradicte harmful practices should be part of their progression.
Outsiders of a culture cannot force education on another culture, should we be schooled? We certainly cannot go into other countries with colonialist intentions of changing their society to our design, we won't always be in power and should Islam come here because they have power and tell us what to do?
We can enforce the laws of our own country but it gets sticky as I stated earlier if the majority of our society specifically began passing laws against religious minorities. I mean first they can't believe in demons and then what would be next? They have to wear yellow stars? The reservations some of us have against any of that, slippery slope and all, will be eternal reservation.
Not if that condemnation is coupled with intolerance instead of understanding.
Exorcising elements of other cultures is not within your ability or authority.
What is OK and permissible to you or me is not the litmus test of what should be OK and permissible writ large to the rest of the world's societies.
The world's religions which have traditionally been intolerant of homsexuality have now began an internal dialogue that has rapidly seen the inclusion of homsexual tolerance become part of the mainstream thought. Progress is well underway. The past is well taken into account in all of this.
Encouraging religion to improve promotes this positive change instead of agressively criticizing them which encourages negative feelings and anxiety.
Agreed some elements are not interested. Does the problem lie within those who are not interested? No it lies within those who do not recognize that the solution lies within us.
The Bible has been interpreted in many a number of ways depending on the context of the society it has become popular in. Conservatism that is based on rejecting groups is in decline all throughout the Western world. Dialogue is always an option because people who think change is inevitable and must be spurred on can be found on all sides and are willing to work together.
Of course religion resists progress because it is a protector of tradition. So it will always lag behind science moreso than than it lags behind society at large but it will lag behind both.
Part of the success and longevity of religion is that it protects tradition which is stability. But when a society does change religion will eventually become an agent of it and change too defending the new ideals.
It was religion which first resisted the Civil Rights movement in America but also a successful agent to encourage the eventual change toward ethnic equality.
Another part of the success of religion is that it has in its long history indeed encouraged values that lead to the success of society.
In the tribal era success was defined as war but peace has become a greater metric for success. One of the Ten Commandments is 'thou shall not kill' and this value will triumph when war is finally abolished. We will all be in group C one day so it will be.
Both intolerant religious types and those against religion totally focus on the negative of those they disagree with.
Change will come as a result of those who can rise above that fray, those who focus on what we have in common with others, on building up, not tearing down.
That is simply a value judgment.
Understanding another culture does not mean finding their members reasonable in conversation. It means taking into account the geographical, economic, social, political, and historical aspects of their society into account.
I think in time they will learn better, as will their detractors who do also more harm than good.
As noted above some things in that book will eventually prevail, we won't have wars in the future.
I put my reasoning in the scope of historical progress. The world has consistenly become more safer with each century. There will always be spikes and dips as with the abnormal horrors of becoming accustomed industrialization and the wars it produced on epic scale, but in the long run the graph tends to chart upward to more safe and stable living conditions for all humans on the planet.
This is simply recognizing a trend which gives me great hope and reassurance for the future of humanity. A part of me understands the desperation and sense of urgency in wanting to see religious reform. I know it will come and can patiently concentrate on the more positive aspects that are coming into play in sponsoring the change we all desire.
The difference of approach in an analogy is whispering to a horse versus whipping a horse to break her in...or in using chains to link us to others instead of using them to confine or punish others.
Edited by I believe you, 09 December 2012 - 04:33 AM.