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All true believers have some dangerous elements

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Submitted by Claire (United States), May 1, 2012 at 03:10

All religions have their fanatics. I think individuals all need to start in the religion in which they were indoctrinated. But some religions are not tightly coupled with government, and thus don't have as much potential to be used for evil at this point in time, mostly because they've evolved. And some nations allow all or most religions to practice freely, and even atheists to publicly speak their views, which is another way to limit the power of any one religion's extremists over all the people.

I think religion needs to evolve generally, and all nations should welcome people of all or no religions. We need a lot more study of how indoctrination operates within the human brain, and then we need to figure out how to limit the effects of religious indoctrination on individuals, so they don't become extremists in the first place.

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