The debate "Is banning Bibles from public places religious persecution" was started by
November 21, 2015, 6:59 am.
25 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 8 people are on the disagree side.
That might be enough to see the common perception.
It looks like most of the people in this community are on the agreeing side of this statement.
PsychDave posted 4 arguments, Alex posted 1 argument, TheFalseEnigma posted 1 argument to the agreers part.
Sosocratese posted 2 arguments to the disagreers part.
DannyknowsItAll, AstroSpace, bigB, PsychDave, Lane, Alex, TheFalseEnigma, lawyer_to_be, lexham, Yuki_Amayane, omgflyingbannas, Neopatriarch and 13 visitors agree.
Sosocratese, keponefactory, Sli and 5 visitors disagree.
Technically...I mean, I guess it really just depends on the context. I have to agree with the others when they say that a sweeping ban on all religious texts for a particular venue isn't really that big a deal because they aren't playing favorites...so to speak.
It is possible to persecute all religions equally depending on the form the ban took. If you arrested anyone found in possession of a religious texts in public, it becomes impossible to buy one and bring it home. Stores could not sell them. This would constitute an attempt to destroy all religions since it becomes impossible to worship privately.
I would say that other texts would have to to be explicitly allowed in order for it to religious persecution. If you have a culture where other religions are in such a minority as to make consideration of their religious texts in public spaces not noteworthy, then you're in effect simply banning religion from public areas. Since religion is still allowed as a personal choice and other aspects of life are not involved, it seems like a banning of smoking or loud music rather than persecution.
Nor have I. I was responding to the hypothetical situation until someone gave context for the topic. I based the argument that other religious texts would be exempt from the ban from the fact that the topic specifies bibles, not religious texts.
If the ban was more general and forbade religious texts in public places I would still likely consider it religious persecution however, it would simply be persecuting all religions rather than singling one out.
If other religious books were explicitly allowed, then I would agree with you PsychDave. However, I've yet to actually hear any such proposal.
If bibles were the only religious texts banned I could see that being persecution as it would seem like an attack on Christianity alone. By banning only one religion's text, the state is tacitly endorsing the others as more acceptable. I see this as very similar to proposed bans on religious garb like the hijab. It is attempting to diminish one religion, which would constitute driving it away.
Again though, I have yet to hear a politician suggest this so I am curious to know the context of this topic.
driving away bibles? does that count?
Religious Persecution: a program or campaign to exterminate, drive away, or subjugate people based on their membership in a religious group.
---Banning bibles from public places is not persecution since there is no systematic campaign/program with the aim to exterminate, drive away, or subjugate members of the Christian community.....
Has anyone suggested this?