Letter: Today's society is better educated
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
In her July 2 letter, "Sin clearly defined," Cindy Mael may seem reasonable in labeling what is a sin by relying on religious scripture, but that avenue of reasoning only applies in countries run by religious dogma. As a country developed on the rule of laws for all people, not just religious minorities, many religious laws have been deliberately rejected as having little or no rational basis in fact. Most basic rules are universal and reasonable, and accepted by all groups that have formed communities.
But there are many religious laws that inflict condemnation, torture and death on individuals and groups, that have no reasonable or rational basis in civilized societies. These "laws" were created by individuals, in ancient times when superstition superseded knowledge, so that the uneducated tribesmen could be controlled by the individual or small group of elders. These laws were given the voice of power, by the story that they were handed down by their god.
Today's better-educated society must reject these irrational, unreasonable "laws" as mind control that "legalizes" bigotry and hatred.