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Should religion, faith be topics of public discussion?

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Is talking about God and faith in a public forum a bad thing?  Sharing opinions that some may not agree with, or asking questions that might test someone's belief… is that bad?  Should having the guts to go there be punished?

A conversation is bubbling online about this very topic.  If you share what you believe are you "shoving religion down someone's throat." Agreeing or disagreeing with century-long stories or one church's interpretation of the bible over another.  Why do so many find that taboo?  Isn't a healthy, honest conversation a good thing?

Right now, the conversation centers on former child star Kirk Cameron and his new documentary "Unstoppable."  He's been in the news a lot about openly sharing his thoughts on God and faith.  And it's not always good press. 

His new project is an experiment--a journey to answer a question many, especially those who've lost someone important to them, have asked.  "Why does God let bad things happen to good people? If God is good and He is the God of love and He is powerful enough to stop evil and pain and suffering, why doesn't He?"

Both Facebook and Youtube blocked Cameron from promoting his latest project online, calling it spam.  And a backlash ensued.

If the internet and social media is about sharing opinions and ideas freely, why block him?  This is the perfect type of project to crank up conversation, regardless of what you believe.  So Cameron's fans went crazy and both Facebook and Youtube listened.  The trailer is back on Youtube and Facebook responded lifting the ban.  Good for free speech.

His project "Unstoppable" is what Cameron calls a journey to be honest and face his questions and doubts.  "It's the most personal project I've made," he said.

Live from Liberty University the film will be beamed to theatres across the country one night only, September 24th.

Of course we want your opinion on the matter.  Answer the poll to the right and click on our Facebook where the conversation is already underway. 

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  • Should we be encouraged to discuss religion and faith in public?

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    Always
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