LETTER: Religion should be personal

I THINK Allan Earl (“Why not practise religion quietly?” Letters 26/9)  has hit the nail on the head.

This has been a thought of mine for some time now and I think it would definitely be a step in the right direction.

Religion is used as a reason by the few whose sole aim is to incite violence, and if you study history they have and still are succeeding to do so.

If we all took Mr Earl’s advice and treated religion as a personal thing, rather than trying to shove it down each other’s throats, then we would be heading towards removing this tool for violence.

I believe the different religions are basically the same, but have been varied according to who told the original story. And we all know how a story varies each time it is retold.

I truly believe that we have a lot to learn from our different cultures and our efforts would be better utilised in doing just that, instead of worrying about what religious teachings we think everyone should base their personal lives on.

Australians, no matter whether they are indigenous or migrant, should embrace the opportunity for cultural (leave out religion) exchange and truly make us a multicultural nation. 

I can’t see this happening, but wouldn’t it be nice to eliminate the violence and suffering in the name of God and make the world a better place?

John Green, Kurri Kurri

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