It should matter. Some beliefs, especially religious ones, adversely affect our politics and our culture at large even while having no impact on the personal lives of many individuals. We are not islands unto ourselves. You do not live in a vacuum. Your inaction has consequences. Was it not Edmund Burke who said that "all that is necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing" or something similar to this? Well this is also true of not just evil but also ideas that are simply bad for the quality of our culture, politics, and our ethics. Something doesn't have to be evil nor pose some personal impact on me for me to be roused to combat it. I want to live in a society that provides economic, civil, political and social justice for all. People are motivated to act according to their beliefs. Some beliefs motivate people
to act against the interest of others. This coarsens our society, and, rather than bettering the human condition, worsens it. I refuse to accept this state of affairs. I refuse to live by the self-centered code, "Well as long as it doesn't affect me..." And I know it to be judgmental, but so be it: shame on those who accept such a code.
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