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Published: Sunday, Aug. 24 2014 9:45 a.m. MDT

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Hutterite
American Fork, UT

There are a number of neighbours that I've had for years to whom only one thing matters. Not who I am, but who, or what, I am not. Once determined, I need be investigated no further. I don't really mind that this occurs, but it certainly reinforces my view that religion only divides us.

Ralph
Salt Lake City, UT

Couldn't agree more, that religion is one of the most devisive aspects of any society.

It would be awesome if religion made a net positive impact on the human race.

Another Perspective
Bountiful, UT

My coworker's wife works, mine does not. We discussed women working outside the home. I said it is good that a woman have an ability to work whether she does or not, so if her husband gets laid up she can then go to work. I said if a daughter of mine wanted just to be a housewife, I would encourage her to get the education/training necessary so she could enter the work force if ever she needed to. If she didn't however I would deem that unwise, but not shameful. If a son of mine, refused to get training or education needed to be able to work and instead expected his wife would earn the living this would be shameful.

He disagreed, he thought is was just as shameful for a woman to refuse to prepare herself to be able to work as the man, and that the woman has just as much responsibility to help earn the money as the man. Its hard for me to see things from his point of view.

Snapdragon
Midlothian, VA

Hutterite,

Sometime the way that people treat you may be more about their own social skills, and not so much religion they belong to. People are not as perfect as they hope to be.

I am a minority in my religion in my neighborhood, and I feel people misunderstand our family. Prejudice is powerful and hard to overcome. It takes a lot of love.

Hamath
Omaha, NE

Or maybe criticizing others (say criticizing religious people or criticizing non religious people) is what divides us.

Moderate
Salt Lake City, UT

"Religious values in a community might be able to influence whether or not a woman works, regardless of her own religious leanings, showing how powerful moral communities can be on individual decisions."

That sounds like "powerful moral communities eliminate individual choice". Does this article favor the end of individual choice? Or it the message "if you prefer to not work outside the home, move to a religious neighborhood"?

cjb
Bountiful, UT

Another way to sum up this article is to say this .. two things that influence a person's behavior at any given moment are .. their own internal belief structure and .. the norms of the society they find themself in. Societies do have an effect on individuals. Not only if women work , but on a whole host of things.

In addition societal norms over time have some influence on a persons belief structure. To sum it all up we are affected by our stimuli.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

@Snapdragon
Having lived in Chicago for 25 years I also know what a religious minority feels like. We got along fine. I teamed up with all sorts of people from various churches. I was invited to speak to a group of Compassionate Friends to tell them about Mormon heaven.
I worked with home schoolers and pro-life groups.
My kids sometimes felt left out of CCD groups.
Perhaps Hutterite misunderstood missionary invitations. Perhaps those efforts were hamfisted projects to share the gospel.
Or just maybe Hutt likes having a chip on his shoulder. Just sayin'.

Sequoya
Stafford, VA

" ... religion is one of the most divisive aspects of any society...."

Maybe, maybe not. But certainly the Religion of Militant Atheism is as divisive as any. Wouldn't I be great if they also "... were a positive influence..."?

nycut
New York, NY

Sequoya: You just used a story about the divisive effects of religion on society as an opportunity to take a pot shot at people who don't follow a religion. I'd say that qualifies as a nice example of the problem.

iron&clay
RIVERTON, UT

If everyone in a community is of one heart and one mind and they dwell in righteousness and there is no poor among them .....they are considered to be a Zion society.

Gravity has been known to have zero effect on above societies/cities.

Dr. Thom
Long Beach, CA

With a shift from part-time work being now defined as full-time work, we will see an increase in two income families since traditional incomes and benefits will be cut in half or disappear altogether

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