Threats to Democracies. Which religion is a threat to democracies the world over?
- Trouble MakerLv 76 months agoFavorite Answer
There is almost no democracy in any Muslim country. They always undermine democracy when they are in charge of a country. .
- ?Lv 76 months ago
Any religion can be. It's not the religion, but those imposing it. Christianity has been extremely charitable throughout the world, but has been used for tyranny. Likewise, Islam used to treat women as equals, until the Muslim extremists (mostly sexist men) took over and used Islam has an excuse to turn their women into property. Muhammad himself treated his wife with respect, but Muslim radicals have put out effort to erase that part of Islamic history. Even atheism, which clearly isn't an organized religion, can be used as an excuse to act on aggressive behavior if it can help the tyrants expand their power while avoiding personal responsibility for their anti-social behavior.
- ZirpLv 76 months ago
- Pirate AM™Lv 76 months ago
Given the current world political and religious landscape, I'd have to say Islam is the worst offender because most predominately Muslim countries seemingly can not grasp the concept of separation of church and state. Christianity would rank second, because it's followers tend to fail to see how separation of church and state was engineered to protect their beliefs - the concept is apparently beyond their comprehension.
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- bartyLv 76 months ago
Any religion that wants to dominate politically. That can be Christianity, Islam, Hinduism - anything.
- melouofsLv 76 months ago
All of them. They all seem to want to control others' behaviors, laws.
- PubliusLv 76 months ago
Atheism. Or at least its most common religious expression, Communism.
- samLv 46 months ago
Those who claim all religions are a threat are mostly Muslims. They know how to pose Islam/Muslims as just another religion not any more danger than other faiths.
- Mr. SmartypantsLv 76 months ago
By their very nature, religions tend to be inimical to democracy. The stronger the religion is, the more control it has over the culture and the government, the less democratic a country is.
A true democracy represents the will of the people, the values of a consensus of the people. But religions aren't like that. They represent a fixed set of morals, written in stone (in fact in the case of Judaism/Christianity they are LITERALLY written in stone!) These values are interpreted by a class of clergy who represent only themselves or their political affiliates, so that religion can keep people in control. This is just how religion works! I believe it's one of the reasons religion even still exists.
So, for instance, in the US a good majority of The People are Pro Choice. The largest church--which keeps insisting it's the 'official' church--is Pro Life. If this church had more political power it would impose its Pro Life value on the rest of us. And there might even be severe penalties for premarital sex or homosexuality, etc. These are not democratic values because they are not based on a consensus of The People but on some arbitrary interpretation of scripture. Which could change at any time based on the political considerations of the clergy.
To answer your question--the religions that are the biggest threats to democracy are those that are the most politically powerful. Christianity in the US, Islam in certain Middle Eastern countries (Iran, Pakistan, et al) and Judaism in Israel.
- darkvelvetrainLv 66 months ago
All of them. With religion, you open the door to people claiming they know what God wants, and they use that to justify crushing democratic opposition to batpoo insane policies.
- AcetekLv 46 months ago
all of them. religions only want a theocracy