Christians make up for 33% of the world’s population. Muslims 20%, Hindus 13%, Buddhists 6%, others 13%, and atheists 14%. Religion is to blame for the crusades and Al-Qaeda so it’s obvious that such radical beliefs should be watched closely. But how can we still be respectful towards people’s beliefs. People have a right to religion but where can we draw the line? Of course there is a law of separation between church and state. However on a smaller scale, religion can still do harm to people, psychologically and socially.
Religion can be highly exclusive. I experienced this first hand growing up in a mormon neighborhood. Even teachers would mention church stories or songs in class. People were still nice to me but I felt a large barrier between myself and my peers. Secondly, many people take rules and the bible all too seriously which can turn into religious OCD known as “scrupulosity”. “In societies where religiosity is more stringent…:50% of OCD patients in Saudi Arabia and 60% in Egypt said they had religious obsessions, according to studies from the early 1990’s.”
On the whole however, most people are content living a religious life. “Regular participation in communal religious worship appears to be associated with greater likelihood of healthy social relationships and stable marriages; and increased sense of meaning in life; higher life satisfaction; an expansion of one’s social network; and more charitable giving.”So in conclusion, I think that people need to be mindful of how they are letting religion contribute towards their life.