Religious belief is still very strong, despite predictions it would disappear with science and the development of a secular society. For many, this is not a problem – we should be tolerant of the beliefs of others. After all, these beliefs are about things that we can’t prove or disprove and don’t really affect what happens in our society.
Anarchists believe differently. Just as we reject other ‘masters’ such as the bosses or the State, so we reject any belief that looks towards an external authority for what to believe and how to live. In addition, these beliefs very much do affect society, e.g. views on abortion, homosexuality, race. Throughout history people have used religion as a justification to oppress others, often with extreme violence, e.g. the slave trade, the Crusades and ISIS today.
But how do we argue against religious beliefs? It is especially difficult when these beliefs are held by persecuted minorities and people we are working with in unions and community campaigns. This meeting will consider why anarchists reject religion, then invite participants to join a discussion about what strategies we can adopt to challenge religion in our society.
Organised by: Rebel City Collective
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