Advanced Humanities and Social Sciences


ISSN: 2520-5986
Short Key Title: Adv Humanit Soc Sci
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21065/25205986
Start Year: 2016

ETHICS OF RELIGIOUS CRITICISM
Qamrul Khanson
12-7340 Copenhagen Road, Mississauga ON L5N 2S5, Canada.
Keywords: Criticism, Christianity, religion.
Abstract

In the West, the criticism of religion especially Christianity has gone so far that majority of youths and majority of the middle-aged people have illusions against church and the religious authorities in churches. Freedom of unauthorized criticism against the principles of religion is dangerous to the virgin minds and so the expressed free thoughts. So, the free thought is intimately connected with critique of religion and with free speech.

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Identifiers and Pagination:
Year:2018
Volume:3
First Page:1
Last Page:3
Publisher Id:Adv. Humanit. Soc. Sci. (2018 ). 3. 1-3
Article History:
Received:December 19, 2017
Accepted:February 17, 2018
Collection year:2017
First Published:March 22, 2018

With such an allowance of criticism, people have departed from religious values to innovated unmindful practices which have resulted in drug addictions, extra-marital relationships, unnatural relationships, bestiality, homosexuality (now permitted by law yet it is against the biblical values), incest, forgery, alcoholism and many evils which are contrary to the biblical virtues. Such is the great loss West is facing due to the hyped propaganda against religion and pastoral importance in the Western society.

I think it is enough to criticize a religion but when such a criticism leads to the abandonment of moral and ethical values with crime rates peaking, such a criticism backfires and the criticism becomes a liability (Bergunder, 2014). Of course, religious leaders bear much more responsibility to uphold biblical virtues in meanings among themselves in order to be equally responsive to excessive criticism of religion. People defer to authorities not just to the truth of the religious beliefs, but their meaning as well.

The criticism of religion has led the society towards non-religious values which for the religious people like me are scorning to our psyche. Considering the Freedom of Speech as a human-right issue (Malik, 2011)), we the religious people have reconciled with the State legislation which now permits freedom of consensual sex, homosexuality with consent and infidelity as matters of human freedom (Jones, 2011). Religious people are not in a position to criticize what is now a permissible law but religious people should stick to their moral guns to protect which are divinely religious values mentioned in the Bible no matter which version.

We as religious people cannot allow Non-religious people to subdue the religious ideals. We as religious people have equal rights to struggle for our own divinely-inherited religious values especially which are common to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Let us be clear collectively that God has made religion to reform man to the set principles by which they live in peace and prosperity. This nullifies the claim that the foundation of irreligious criticism is: Man makes religion, religion does not make man (Bradley et al., 2012).

I as a Muslim do not mind if someone criticizes certain aspects of Islam if it is Islam what they criticize. In Canada, I would discourage religion based politics. We should realize, however, that the social norm that discourages the criticism of religion can work to the great advantage of religious political activists.

Most of the time anti-Islam and anti-Muslim people criticize certain acts of a person who happened to be from the Muslim origin and label it as an act of Islam. Ignorance touches such an extreme that such a criticism is mostly associated with abusive, profanity and vulgar wordings which would not befit any devout religious person of any among the Judaism, Christianity and Islam. How easy it is to forget where we came from ourselves.

I do not like and not permit such use of abusive, profanity and vulgar wordings. The defunct minds often go on further in using such words against God, and I do not accept such ignorant and I feel like challenging them in a court of law. But I cannot use such abusive, profanity and vulgar wordings against such ignorant as Islam prohibits me against it (Turmen et al., 2007).

I hope I made my case clear to anyone and everyone as I am not against criticism, as such gives me an opportunity to return with correct knowledge and to remove the misunderstanding in the mind of those who criticize. I welcome questioning but with decency and within the limits of ethical and biblical decency. Such an attitude and behavior would cement the bond of fraternity and strengthen the nation we live for the best of our future generation.

References

Bergunder. M. (2014). What is Religion? The Unexplained Subject Matter of Religious Studies. Method and Theory in the Study of Religion. 26, 246-286.

Bradley R. E. Wright and Christina Zozula, W. Bradford Wilcox. (2012). Bad News about the Good News -The Construction of the Christian-Failure Narrative. Journal of Religion and Society, 14, 1-14.

Jones, P. (2011). Introduction: Religion and Freedom of Expression. Res Publica, 17, 1, 1-6. 

Malik, M. (2011). Religious Freedom, Free Speech and Equality: Cohesion or Conflict? Res Publica, 17, 1. 21-40.

Turmen, R. Marcelo G. Kohen.  Martinus Nijhoff. (2007). Freedom of conscience and religion: Promoting justice, human rights and conflict resolution through international law. 591-600.


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Prof. Dr. Susanne Elsen studied Social Education, Sociology and Economics and was graduated at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Trier. She obtained a Doctor of Philosophy at the same University and received the Venia Legendi (Habilitation) in welfare studies at the Technical University of Dresden.

After seven years of fieldwork in different countries within a program for the development of community based tourism (Studienkreis für Tourismus and Touristik Union International), she worked at the University of Trier as researcher and project leader in research for urban development, sustainability and social innovation. For her work in a project for integrative urban restoration and the development of housing- and employment cooperatives, she gained the award of the German Schader Foundation for research in the sector of housing and urban development.

Since 1992 she was responsible for the qualification programs of collaborators in local and regional development agencies at the study center of the German protestant church, Burckhardthaus, Gelnhausen. In 1995 she became the director of the research-project EUROSOZIAL at the University of Trier, financed by the German Ministry for research and education, with a focus on local labor market and the promotion of health in the Euregio Saar-Lor-Lux and in a parallel contract she worked as scientific collaborator in the national program: „Neue Wege der Arbeitsplatzbeschaffung – Gemeinwesenorientierung erschließt Potenziale“ (1998-2003), financed by the German Ministery for Families, Elderly, Women and Youth. This project aimed to create new employment options for women in remote rural areas of eastern Germany.

Since 1997 she has been Professor for community development at the University of Applied Sciences in Zürich and since 1999 at the University of Applied Sciences of Munich. Since 2010 she is full professor for sociology at the Faculty of Education of the Free University of Bolzano, vice-dean for research, director of the BA-course in social education and coordinator of the PhD-program.

In 2011 she was called as a member to the future council of Bavaria, in 2013 to the expert commission for cooperatives in the social political field of Bavaria and in 2016 as scientific councilor to the German Union of Green Enterprises. Since 2014 she has a lectureship for Community based Tourism at the University of Sancti Spiritus in Cuba.

Her emphasis in research lies in eco-social development and transformation with a special focus on socio-economic solutions for disadvantaged rural and urban areas. She combines participatory research strategies as cooperative and transdiscipilinary knowledge production with approaches to social change and development, involving concerned people (transformative research).

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Abbreviation: Adv Humanit Soc Sci
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.21065/25205986
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