Religion and Mandatory Ethics

What I have a problem with is that we praise religions when they become more accepting of, for example, divorce, homosexuality, contraception, not because it’s bad to be more accepting of these and other things, clearly it’s a good thing, nor because it’s a bad direction for religions to take, these are positive steps, but that we praise them at all, that we give praise for them doing the absolute minimum acceptable thing, or even just for not doing things that are outright horrible. There is a concept called aspirational versus mandatory ethics. They should be condemned for being so backward, conservative, narrow- and close-minded that their acquiescing to the minimum that could be asked of anyone should draw congratulatory reinforcement and, yes, even respect. Honestly, what does that say about the institution of religion?



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