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Submitted by Rebecca Moulds (United States), Feb 14, 2008 at 10:28

If you want to see what secularism, free thinking and enlightenment do to a nation, look to Communist Russia. Far right or far left are both destructive. When people have true freedom to worship as they please without any one religion shoving its beliefs down the throats of others, or any one ideology forcing its population to live under fear for their lives, then there can be a balance, perhaps not perfect but it will work.

Having seen first hand in Russia the effects of any religious openness squashed, I can tell you that a society without God is doomed as well as a religion such as Islam which claims to be the one true belief when it is really a hateful man-made ideology , built without love, set out to destroy the "infidels" who refuse to bend under its will.

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