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/pəˈspɛktɪv/ atheism vs religion

Today’s daily prompt asked artists to show perspective.

Before receiving and reading my daily prompt I was well into my news feed over at Zite where a particular article grabbed my attention: Religion harms society: my recent speech at The Oxford Union by Michael Nugent (I’m sure there’s no relation to Ted) 😉
I’ve shared a link to Nugent’s page as well as his speech (via YouTube) below.
There’s a huge ongoing debate (?) between creationists and atheists (science facts/theories vs religion). There have definitely been moments where I’ve felt atheists such as Richard Dawkins are coming off just as crazed and intense as any religious fundamentalist. That said, I am NOT a creationist, or believer in any religious denomination, however, I don’t necessarily have any issues with people believing in a god or a plant or an element as long as they keep these beliefs to themselves, and don’t impose them upon others (plants or animals: human or non!). Sadly, this is rarely the case.

While perspective often has to do with the art of representing three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other.
In this instance I’m posing perspective as a particular attitude towards or way of regarding something; a point of view.
I’m hoping you’ll read or watch Mr Nugent’s motion, and share your perspective here or on his page.

This is video and script of Michael Nugent’s speech at the Oxford Union debate on 7 November, where he proposed the motion That Religion Harms Society.
You are asked whether religion harms society, not whether religion also does good, and not whether other things also do bad.

BTW, I think Mr. Nugent’s speech is brilliant!

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