"Exorcism continues throughout many churches world wide. It is a practice that is in many faiths across the globe. .....Does freedom of religion allow a church the right to conduct exorcisms in the way they see fit?"
In Britain, Sharon Ferguson of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM) said that she has frequently come across people who have been subjected to such exorcism ceremonies in the UK.
"It...fills me with horror that this sort of thing is still going on" she told Premier Radio, adding that it did “untold damage”.
"What is most disturbing about this to many people, including those of differing faiths, is the fact that young people are already struggling to find their identity as all young people do in the process of growing into adulthood. Those youths who have the additional pressure of dealing with their own sexuality become susceptible to feelings of rejection and despair when it is perceived that they are not wanted, or are in some way flawed, because they are homosexual.
As more gays rights issues such as marriage, openly serving in the military, and protection from hate crimes come to the forefront of American social discourse, it would seem that people of faith have their own demons to exorcise. Those of hate, ignorance, and intolerance."
Alright, then I am saying that prosecuting people for abuse is great, but prosecuting people for religious practice is wrong. If religious practice results in abuse, prosecute the abuse just as if it had nothing to do with supposed demons, but definitely prosecute it.
/prosecuting people for religious practice is wrong//
Depends on the religious practice. I would consider buring people alive for religious difference is wrong, witch hunting with mass murdering of women as religious practice is wrong, exorcism that abuse the persons in the name of religion is wrong. There are a lot of religious practice that is wrong.
I would use an example that is not belong to the christianity. Like stoning women to death for adultery in the Islamic religion is wrong.
Think about it before you defend religious practice.
That stuff is wrong because of the physical consequences (death) thereof, not because of the religious aspect. Stopping religiously motivated murder is important, but outlawing an ambiguous practice like exorcism is different.
Exorcism could harm the person emotinally, and sometimes physically. So, unless it is done without any physical touching, (emotion damage being put aside for awhile), it should be outlaw.
Or at least regulate by law, as there should not no physical contact. Also, the time use for exorcism should be regulated as it shouldn't last too long to cause abuse. Any other restriction, like not letting the person leave the church or whatever the exorcism took place should also be considered a form of abuse.
Too much. Saying you can perform an exorcism as long as it doesn't involve touching is saying you can't do it.
Really what I am saying is that society should be as conservative as possible about restraining religious practice. I think there is a consensus that we need to do something, but let's try and leave as much alone as possible. If someone is hurt in a religious ritual, they can press charges just as if they were hurt otherwise, but it is extreme to outlaw practices because they are potentially harmful. Everything is potentially harmful.
I guess we differ slightly on where the balance should be, in ways that matter a ton to people who perform exorcisms but not a whole lot to us.
I think this means that for the first time ever, we reached an agreement about a touchy subject without demeaning each other as people. High five! Woo! Agreeing also mean I am going to go back to applying for jobs instead of hashing out exorcism with ya. Later, argument buddy!
What? No! I am agreeing that there needs to be a balance between religious freedom and the societal importance of maintaining order and protecting its citizens. Stop going in circles. Exorcism is not a very widespread practice, it is not usually dangerous and when it is it is reasonable that society should step in to prevent harm. How far exactly that goes is a matter of disagreement between you and I, but a much bigger deal to people who do this stuff than to you and I personally.
Attempted exorcism ends in man’s death
Police use stun guns on grandfather seen choking 3-year-old girl
Exercpt: "PHOENIX - Officers responding to a report of an exorcism on a young girl found her grandfather choking her and used stun guns to subdue the man, who later died, authorities said Sunday. The relative who called police said an exorcism had also been attempted Thursday.“The purpose was to release demons from this very young child,” said Sgt. Joel Tranter."
Ben, are you seriously telling me that this kind of practice should be covered in "religious freedom". No one has the freedom in trying to strangle a 3 year old gal and then hind behind religous freedom.