Easter and Passover: Religious influences in public belief and behavior

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  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 15, 2013 2:59 p.m.

    It is truly wonderful to be a believer. The joy of believing there will be a better life makes us forget that this life is not fair and allows us to share our happiness with others whether they earn it or not.

    It is unfortunate that the God of the non-believer has put so much questioning and doubt in the minds of some of us. And deprived us of the joy accorded the believers.

    The author alludes that the good things that people do are due to religious influences and therefore religion is given credit. However, it is quite possible that good things are done by non-believers at about the same rate as the believers.

    So is it right or wrong to claim credit for good found in the natural human being?

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    March 15, 2013 6:36 a.m.

    I don't know how anyone could argue with the sentiments expressed in this article with the exception of one odd sentence:

    "From all walks of life and backgrounds, we are taught the basic “golden rule” of ethics toward our fellow man, yet many may feel intimidated or wary of expressing such in public behavior."

    Has this really been anyone’s experience? I could understand if we were talking about expressing specific (and perhaps a bit nutty) religious beliefs or doctrines, but the "golden rule" has been universally taught by religions as well as secular teachers and philosophers throughout history. How could anyone possibly think speaking about or practicing it was in any way strange?

    That small bit of "persecuted religious people" hyperbole aside, this essay is a nice reminder to us all of this universal truism.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 14, 2013 10:18 p.m.

    It's time to recognise religion for the potential, if not probable, hooey it is. Time to tie it down and let adults run the place for a while.