21 May 2007

God, morality and Haidt

Chua Mui Hoong said that while religion can inform one's beliefs, God should not be brought in to the public debate about morals. But it hasn't, has it? Full essay.


Anonymous said...

One thing about religion that i have realised after being a christian for 30 years is this.

Religion is something created by morons for morons.

- Philip

Anonymous said...

that's like saying politics is created by crooks for crooks, and science by nerds for nerds; it might make you feel better saying so, but reveals more about the speaker than the topic

religion, being based on faith and psychological needs to believe in something with which one has a mental affinity, is by nature not subject to proof; if you define this to be moronic, then indeed they are; however, given that the majority of people of the world believe in something, a dismissive attitude towards religion is itself moronic

BTW, I am not religious myself; nor am I homophobic; in any case, for a secular, multi racial society, relgion cannot be used as the basis of law


Anonymous said...

Read the news yet? A minister has come out suggesting homosexuals are like paedophiles and psychopaths!

Yawning Bread Sampler said...

Re that minister, Lui Tuck Yew, see the statement from People Like Us

Anonymous said...

here is the news report; if I say "homosexuals, like non-homosexuals, are all human", I am not equating the two
Homosexuality issue will always bring out tensions in society: RAdm Lui
By Hoe Yeen Nie, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 23 May 2007 0607 hrs

SINGAPORE : The issue of homosexuality will always bring out tensions in society, says Minister of State for Education Lui Tuck Yew.

And this is why, he adds, it is important to allow the people to come to their own conclusions about the matter.

Rear-Admiral Lui made this point when he was asked about homosexuality at a dialogue session at the annual Pre-University Seminar held at the Nanyang Technological University.

600 students from 26 institutions are taking part in the event.

RAdm Lui said: "We can't be stiff-necked. We need to be open to ideas but we have to come to our conclusions through the framework in Singapore. That's why it is important to have our own deep convictions and beliefs."

He added that he does not subscribe to the theory that it is a "medical condition". "Do you excuse paedophiles or psychopaths because of a medical condition?" RAdm Lui asked.

RAdm Lui said: "To me there are certain norms in society. And before we make major shift of those norms it is important that we sit and deliberate, and think through it carefully and move at a pace that society allows us to move.

"It does not mean that we should not try to reshape the thinking and so on and so forth, but we can only move at the pace at which society allows us to move. That's my own personal thoughts about it, and I don't think... certainly... I am not ready to move and I do not think a major segment of society is ready to move". - CNA/de