There isn't and there shouldn't be anything from stopping you from being able to choose to follow a faith.
(Original post by Carter78)
This is probably a debate for a different thread but what do you mean a religion is granted? We're all born atheist until religion is forced upon us by our parents/upbringings.
Regardless, if you decide to follow a different religion you do typically have to prove your adherence to this new faith. Of course you don't sit an exam, but my mother (who's a priest) regularly trains "students" off hers (some of whom who were originally of different faith backgrounds) to take communion and therefore become Anglicans. This process involves them taking "classes" in bible study, theological debates etc, all to prove/demonstrate their adherence to the faith. I.e the thinking is that they might call themselves Anglicans, but they officially won't be recognised as one by the Church until they are baptised/confirmed.
From reading your post I am interpreting what you are saying, by studying the 'religion' you then 'earn' the right to class yourself as that faith in the eyes of that religion.
My point is that being able to choose to follow a religion is not earned, that is a given.
I'm sorry if I wasn't clear.
EDIT: Here's one for you. Say you're 16 years old, you are in prison for a minimum of 5 years. Should that person lose the right to vote?
Take into account their offence was committed before they had the 'right' to vote and they had not committed any further offences in prison, it seems illogical to lose the 'right to vote' when they never had it in the first place?
Good idea!!! We should follow Norway's attitude to punishment
Leave the EUROPEAN UNION end of.
Last edited by Alexr115; 01-06-2012 at 16:10.