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Published: Friday, April 18 2014 4:05 a.m. MDT

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Hutterite
American Fork, UT

The negativity of religion itself will, I believe, change our attitude towards it.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Is this the same news medium that was clucking about the "loss of religious freedom" maybe a day or two ago? How can the US be both positive and anxious to silence all public piety?

Pendergast
Salt Lake City, UT

to Mark B

Maybe, the lithium kicked in... finally?

Jamescmeyer
Midwest City, USA, OK

Whether or not religion is a positive force in the United States isn't up for opinion; it's the core of this nation's personal freedoms and success. There's not much room to disagree with it, though a person may personally not -like- religion.

The social positives driven by truly lived religion in the United States grossly outweight all other social considerations.

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

There is certainly some positivity with regard to "religion" in these United States though it covers a wide spectrum and I couldn't help reflect: this is the nation that doesn't seem much concerned that it killed Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, and Parley Pratt, and drove latter-day saints from every place they sought to live. The same hostility was dispensed upon the baptist Roger Williams I believe. I expect things will get better eventually.

Don Bugg
Prince Frederick, MD

Mark B asks how the US can have a net positivity about religion and yet be "anxious to silence all public piety."

The answer is pretty obvious: Most people in the US have a generally positive opinion of religion and its societal influences. On the other hand, some citizens have used the nation's legal system, over the past few decades, to subtract religious expression more and more from the public sphere.

Logic also tells us the two things are really separate questions: One can believe religion is a positive influence and still be in favor of banning religious expressions on occasions such as, for example, city council meetings and high school graduations.

PLM
Kaysville, UT

God's blessings in response to our faith and sacrifice is what made us the strongest nation on the earth. We have been and will be blessed as we observe His laws and keep His commandments. The rise of America was so unique and divinely guided that there can be no doubt it was ordained and upheld by a supernatural power. God bless America.

The Wraith
Kaysville, UT

I originally posted this as a comment to the wrong article. So I'm not trying to just be a jerk by posting it here again, it's just that this was the article I meant to comment on originally.

I don't see how any real student of history can view religion as anything but a net evil on the world. Yes religion can do and has done good but that good doesn't amount to a lot and all of it would have been done without religion anyway. People generally strive to treat each other better, take care of each other, work to improve life. There are countless examples of that happening by people who aren't religious so religion can't claim it wouldn't happen without it. Then when you look at the evils religion has forced upon the world it just totally overshadows anything good religion has ever done. There is just no question that all in all religion is one of the worst ideas humans have ever had. Religion has been and will continue to be a drain on society until we are rid of it.

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