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Helga Vieirch's Avatar Jump to comment 21 by Helga Vieirch

Occupy Movements think so too. "Shame on you!", "shame on you!", "shame on you!". There is also "there is no honour in this!".

In fact, concepts of shame and honour have a powerful effect on human behaviour. We respond to these concepts because they lie close to the heart of the personal values and ideals we consider sacred (and by sacred I do not mean holy).

Now the question is, how to permit children true religious freedom, indeed, freedom from any mandated religious belief at all? How to convince people that this is an honourable or, even, a sacred freedom?

Will we ever see the day, when it will be shameful to ask anyone about their personal beliefs?

Wouldn't it be lovely if it were dishonourable to bring personal religious ideas into public forums? When Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney would be as censured for trumpeting biblical references as they would be if they had peppered their speeches with references to tarot card readings or throwing bones?

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 19:59:50 UTC | #922171