Friday, January 29, 2010

Religion

I quote from a letter to The Economist's editor:

Religion is a private matter and should be kept that way. Countless millions have died in religion’s ongoing campaign to force its beliefs on its victims. Religion is socially divisive by design and is mostly about the desire of competing religious hierarchies to control people’s minds, just like communism or fascism. Religion seems to have an amazing immunity from normal laws. If anyone advertised that by taking a certain medicine one would live for ever and go to heaven, the product would be banned under the trades description act. Yet religion can publicly make its totally unprovable claims and get away with it.

We owe it to ourselves to push back against this tide of intolerance. The problem lies not with someone obtaining quiet comfort from their belief, but with vehement modern crusaders who would have us live by 10th-century standards or teach our children that Earth was created a ridiculous 6,000 years ago. The same goes for those Jews who think they have a god-given right to grab Palestine and the Catholic church with its policy of indoctrinating children when they’re most young.

5 comments:

Pastrami said...

The write of this letter might want to ask themself:
Which product exactly is religion selling I wonder? If it is all just a bunch of baloney, and people are deciding to "love their neighbor as themselves" and then dissipate into nothingness, so what? What harm has been done?

On the other hand-if the Bible is true, then people SHOULD be serious about sharing the message of salvation with the whole world.

Agreed?

Anonymous said...

Better to be sure than sorry.After all if there is a heaven pays to have a ticket to get in and if there is a Hell you wont need to be told you were wrong. It will be flaming obvious.

Lee Anne said...

I agree with the other comments

Anonymous said...

So...Intolerance of Jews is ok...predictable.

Arman said...

I suppose it all depends on the religion. Some religions are more prone to being hijacked by fundamentalists than others.

Christianity, for example traces human worth and value to the idea that we are made in the image and likeness of God. However, many religions such as Islam don't include this idea.

Yes, religion has been responsible for a great many injustices, however this has been the fault of the few. It does not say anything about the institution.

Terrible things happen in the institution of the family. Does that mean that family is evil?