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Farokh Shahabi Nezhad

CEO & Co-Founder at Idearun, TEDxTehran


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Is there any way to prevent religious debates from turning into a big fight?

People discuss lots of things, politics, sports, anything
But when they discuss religious opinions, most of the time, they get all angry and try to win even with fight.
why is that? why that can't be a normal subject?
and more important, How can we prevent this?


Closing Statement from Farokh Shahabi Nezhad

Tnx everyone for their replies. I enjoyed learning from different aspect for this problem.

I can only conclude this : Don't argue with someone unless they are open minded and ready to be changed and challenged.

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  • Feb 11 2013: There's a talk show out of Austin, Texas, USA, that promotes a positive discussion about religion. Naturally, they're atheist's and they have open calls from the public trying to assert their claim about their religion. I'm not a regular watcher, I've watched an episode or two and assorted clips but people carry on rather well there.

    People on the show rarely show anger, when they do, it's because people, usually callers, aren't listening or understanding the arguments being made. On the other hand, this isn't something that's unique to religion anyway, you can watch the same stuff on FOXnews with any number of hosts, and in regard to any subject they take a position on. Anger is inherent in some people, a weapon they wield with any cause.

    For me, I don't think you get critical or bright people in religion. You get a lot of broken people too, because they need religion. In the same way that I'd defend my freedom or my needs these people are of the same situation, but with religion, because it's a need for them.

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