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Becoming A Free Thinker Essay

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While sitting at home, I received a call from an unfamiliar voice. The number belonged to my cousin Luke, but the voice had changed to a much higher pitch that sounded like he was in pain. In this very conversation, Luke informed me that she had a sex change. My first thought was repulsion, and my second was to question my reaction. What sort of religion would encourage my mind to make such a hasty decision on one that was so close to me? This forced me to rethink my world view, and to take a closer look at the religion that has been taken for granted by me and so much of my family. The harm that religion causes is great, not the least of which is the insistence of unethical behavior toward ...view middle of the document...

Treating women in this manner is discouraged by secular morality, because hurting half of the population brings down all of society with it. Indeed these religions all abuse women, but Christianity is the most relevant to westerners.
“If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found; Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel's father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife; because he hath humbled her, he may not put her away all his days.” (Deu. 22.28-29) Imagine a rape victim being told to marry the rapist. This is an incredibly evil law to make, and the one who made it is God. If the great deity has such little regard for women, what will His followers do? The words in the Bible have reinforced the sexist views of many of its followers, causing an uphill battle for feminists of past and present. Not only does God allow women to be treated as commodities, he also advocates slavery.
In the Bible, God creates laws for owning slaves. The laws created mostly tell who can be used as slaves, and how to trick your tribesmen into...

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