Forcing Religious Fanaticism on Others
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 20 November 2011, Question 3
In the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on 20 November 2011, I answered a question on forcing religious fanaticism on others.
Why do religious fanatics seek to impose their beliefs on others? Most religious fanatics aren't content to practice their religion for themselves: they seek to impose it on others by law. Why is that? Why is that wrong? What can be done to combat it?
My Answer, In Brief: For myriad reasons, the politics that naturally flows from religious faith is forced obedience, not freedom.
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