From my previous essay, some of yíall may have surmised that I am anti-religion. If so, yíall are badly mistaken. What Iím opposed to is the marginalization and dehumanization of another person for the simple reason that he/she/it worships their Supreme Being/Higher Power/Prime Directive in a different manner. What sort of unspeakable evil resides in the attitude that another human being deserves to die simply because that person happens to subscribe to a different belief system?
I should qualify my own personal prejudice here: I am a Buddhist, albeit a relatively inactive one at the moment. Thankfully, Iím unaware of the existence of militant Buddhist terrorists, but Iíve learned never to rule anything out. If anyone cares to prove me wrong, have at it.
Iíve always believedóand my experience bears this outóthat all religions, in their purest forms, are variations on the same theme. To varying degrees, theyíre about peace, love, and understanding. How can one not support this? It would be like opposing motherhood, apple pie, and baseball.
No, I am not anti-religion. I will not argue against a personís right to believe in God, Allah, Jehovah, or whatever Higher Power happens to give their life meaning and purpose. What anger me is not the concept of religion, but the execution (ironic choice of words, no?) of it. Since when does religious practice mean carrying an AK-47? Blowing up mosques? Slaughtering Hindu pilgrims? Burning down churches after locking worshippers inside?
Why do people like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson have license to spew forth their hatred and vitriol in the name of Christianity? How does their ignorance and bigotry make them more Christ-like? How can Osama bin-Laden truly refer to himself and his minions as followers of Allah? Where in the Koran is terrorism and mass murder sanctioned? Is it just me, or has humanity jumped the tracks on this one?
What Would Jesus Do? Thereís no telling, of course. However, if I were Him, Iíd pack my bags and skip town before someone decided to asassinate me for being an infidel worthy only of death.
"However, if I were Him, Iíd pack my bags and skip town before someone decided to asassinate me for being an infidel worthy only of death."
Hm. Isn't this pretty much what they did?
by jenn at March 2, 2002 11:29 AM
I have to agree. there's the old saying "money is the root of all evil". in my humble opinion, organized religion is the root of all evil. almost every war/conflict throughout history has been the result of religion in one way or another.....
by the netddork at March 2, 2002 6:49 PM
i think that "organized," however, is the key word and not "religion." all organizations of people eventually seem to fall prey to their power struggles and their needs to assert themselves and their pigheadedness. the communist regime in china that booted out all the tibetans wasn't a religion and look at their problems. it was the organization, particualarly, that with political push.
christianity was a happening little religion until the Catholic church of really really really old (notice i'm not talking about the catholic church today) decided they needed to take over and oust the other guys. it wasn't for fear of anyone's souls, it was for fear of losing their own power.
people attribute a lot of faults to religion when it's really just organizations of people. people are pretty faulted creatures overall (not due to original sin, but to their own unwillingness to learn) and when you stick too many of them together for any reason, you get trouble.
by mrh at March 3, 2002 10:15 AM
the minute it begins to be about money or power, you've taken it away from religion, unfortunately, it happens again and again and again...
by jenn at March 3, 2002 1:58 PM
Religion is the root of all evil, I am the webmaster of the official anti religious website, please visit and spread the message,... religion must be stopped... -PEACE-
by Mantigore at April 15, 2002 3:21 AM
Destroy everything, have a happy bonus anus with a guinea piggy coit on top!
by Mantigore at April 11, 2004 9:38 AM