How much of an influence does religion play in your country?
What country? What religion?
Being born and raised in Puerto Rico but with parents in New York visiting them constantly. The island was pretty catholic... I attended private catholic school. I lived all my live knowing the possibility of a hurricane dismantling the island. Well it just happened and is as Horrid as could be in the worst nightmare. I wonder how much the psyche of those in the island has been destroyed and how faith plays a part in the getting back up effort. The island was not punished for abandoning god and religion. Maybe many of my islanders will leave dogma behind and find the light without fear of an avenging god. I can't pray for my island but I can be more resolved the caribbean always been in the path of hurricanes. Is location, location, location. Thank You for the question.
My Country New Zealand is lead by our female beautiful Prime Minister, who is openly Atheist, unmarried, no children, feminist, gay rights activist, supporter of legalizing cannabis and won't take any shit or be bullied by Donald Trump,and openly Atheist.
I may of blahed on about it in a couple of other threads, but the last census I saw for New Zealand 42% of people have no religion, another 10% is question unanswered, or didn't know, or religion of the Jedi. The rest is made up of Christian, Catholic, Hindu, Muslim and Buddhist, 2% other.
I don't know any religious people who are Christian or Catholic, though I do know Hindus and Muslims.
I never get a god bless you or a Im praying for you, or a weird look if I say I don't believe in god. Maybe it's just how and where I grew up and choose to live my life, others may have differing experiences.
I'm just very proud and happy to live in my country, it may only be small with 4 million people. But I love it
I can only talk about my little world. I got 4 sisters, one is an ordained minister, another is a combatant foot soldier, the footsoldier was praying to god to kill nr 2 husband of another sister about 10 years ago... my sister husband just died out of sudden but it is husband nr 3... so my assumption is it takes about 10 years to god to respond to your prayers. I am sure the response time period may be different in different countries. 10 years response time for USA. i just heard the footsoldier husband health is not that good... bonus? ....or that was a different prayer altogether... Did my sisters started a prayer war? I am the only boy standing. This can't be good... need to hide in another country. pronto!!!
I am in California we are fairly liberal here. There are some very outspoken religious people here I do get Jehovah Witness coming to the door every once in a while. They don't stick around very long when I start asking them question about their faith and bible.
The Church of England runs most schools in the UK so secular parents or parents of other faiths can find it difficult to undo damage done, luckily I was raised to question everything. There are also many religious people involved in our politics which has slowed progress in gay rights, and sex equality. Females that want to be in politics usually have to go through years of mental abuse to get anywhere, as for openly homosexual or transgender people who want to be in politics they are going to face a barrage of uproar all because of the dominant religious beliefs, it's sickening.