Religion of Love

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Question 19

[1619] Question 19: "Should the religions be looking to preserve their social and political privileges or should they seek under waiver of such privileges only the voluntary consent of the individual and restrict themselves to that influence that represents the number of the really confessing persons?"

[1620] Answer: The society may put each privilege that is conceded to a religion to the test. Every religion must deserve the privileges that it enjoys. If it does so, it can also use them. If it does not, it may be divested of them. It uses them to improve the world situation and the living conditions of the creatures crucially. [1621] The religion of love will forego the privileges of that she is convinced that others are better able to use them, but preserve those that nobody can use better. Where it needs the voluntary consent of the individual, it will obtain it; where it speaks and acts for the persons confessing to it as a whole, it will represent and preserve the interests of the predominant majority of them. [1622] It has no claim to represent beyond that. Nevertheless, it may, based on conviction, that is alone and conformable to law by annunciation and reasoning resting upon it, exercise its influence towards all the creatures. Whom it cannot convince, it must not influence. Confessing individuals, however, may operate to the extent that is conceded them by L, but then not in the name of the religion of love. [1623] They have, however, to answer to L and the laws. The question is extended by the posing of the question, what social and political privileges a religion should have. The more adherents a religion has, the more it is opinion-forming and the more their interests are socially and politically to be considered. Therefore, at least the privileges are to be conceded to it that are also bestowed on any other comparable interest group. [1624] I.e. it must be able to state its position to all issues important for it. According to their relevance, these positions then will gain currency and be taken into account. In all functions that it can take over within society and politics it is equally to be considered within a qualification procedure, equal for all competitors. If one agrees to fill positions after proportional representation, it enjoys the privilege related to it. [1625] This is appropriate for example in the education system for passing on the doctrine of the faith, when this is wished by a majority. A religion can make use of the privilege, where its interests are to be represented to demand behaviour conformable to its doctrine of the humans acting on behalf of it - for example, through belonging to it. If this condition is violated, it may revoke the right of representation and assert the consequences contractually agreed for this case, possibly even through legal process. [1626] It can here, however, be committed by law and regulations to a sufficiently specified proportionality. If a task is fulfilled for several religions, so the fulfilling person has adequately to take this into account - for example by corresponding neutrality or bracing zerself for the respective religion in a given case if possible. Appropriate training and qualification ensure this.

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