Sunday, December 24, 2006

Religious Distaste at Harvard

Alliance Defense Fund
The college founded to train Puritan clergy 370 years ago decided last week that a religion requirement should not be a part of its core curriculum.
It is unfortunate that some of our Nation’s best and brightest have chosen to shun something as vital as religion. A daily glance at any newspaper reveals the major role religion plays, and has played, in society. From the Middle East conflict (Sunni vs Shiia, Islam vs Christianity) to the battle to protect traditional marriage (God hates Fags), to the genocide in Africa, religion’s role is unmistakable (Yes - for centuries it's been the primary force behind all sorts of brutality). How can Harvard discuss “what it means to be a human being” without discussing religion.
Religion is so frequently a source of confusion in political life, and so frequently dangerous to democracy, precisely because it introduces absolutes into the realm of relative values. Reinhold Niebuhr


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