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Neither religion nor politics can exist without the two sides.
I beg to differ.
Finally, peoples need frameworks in their lives and in spite of all abuses, of all religions, present, past or to come, they seem to never fail to provide that.
But then again, so does many other social constructs with rather less onerous side effects.
Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.
For the second? Friendship, family, the local club/pub/neighbourhood garden party, hobbies, art, scholarship, political activism and literally a thousand other things can and do serve the same social role as religion does in some communities.
Whether you create structure and framework in life around your religious in-group or around your local chess club is none of my business, as long as you don't attempt to enforce the rules of that club on the rest of society.
One of this diary's original point was whether religion should be allowed to enter the political debate. It had been said that this was not desirable.
Well, this sub-thread here demonstrates that religion in politics does also dominate the political discourse here which may not be desired but a natural process that can reflect world affairs on all levels, depending on the issue discussed.
The underlying, 'When does life begin?'-question is an existential one to which different people find different answers.
At this point, many arguments have been heard. It may be best to agree to differ.
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