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Religion and Another Restless Night

Yet another restless night over religions competing for which one is the cruelest (and dumbest).

At the moment, it’s not much of a standoff. Islam, “the religion of piece”, seems to want to tear the world to pieces. Of course, they did have some great western examples to emulate. President Obama was not far off when he made similar comparisons.

Against his argument, it has been pointed out that the sins of the Inquisition happened hundreds of years ago, and Christians would never commit these acts today. Am I remembering incorrectly men in white robes and hoods stringing up men in black skin – and doing it in the name of Jesus? The sin of child rape, committed by men of the cloth, still happens to this day. And the perpetrators get the slap on the wrist penalty of being sent to another diocese, never seeing the inside of a prison (sort of like banking executives).

While child molestation doesn’t quite compare with video-recorded beheadings (and worse- if you can even imagine anything worse), it’s still inexcusable. If the best Pope EVER is truly to hold that title, he needs to fix the problem yesterday, if not sooner. To his credit, he has removed several controlling members of the Vatican Bank, resulting from money-laundering allegations.

Wait, I’m not quite done citing other abuses committed in the alleged Christian God’s name, such as Srebrenica massacre of 1995, where thousands of men and boys were brutally slaughtered by those charming Eastern Orthodox Serbs (they were only following orders). This story was covered by the late CBS reporter, Bob Simon on a special edition of 60 Minutes. What about the punishment of homosexual behavior with long prison sentences, and in some cases, death? How about forcing a woman to bear a child she doesn’t want, and/or can’t afford? “God hates abortions,” say these guardians of justice, “He told me so Himself.”

Even the peaceful Buddhists have committed violent acts. Yes, hard to believe, but you can check it out

One of the ways we can stop the likes of ISIS or ISIL is to stop invading countries to control their oil supply, while claiming to stop its nuclear threat. AngelSadamSaddam was certainly no angel (and probably still isn’t – we’ve searched all of heaven, and he’s nowhere to be found), but is Iraq better now than when it was under the Hussein domain? And what about Bashar? Again, not a very nice guy, but by weakening him, we strengthen his opposition in Syria, which includes the religious fanatics I referenced in paragraph 2.

All faiths need to reform, and occupy a place in the twenty-first century (CE, not BCE). They can continue to delude themselves, but punishing apostates with death is just unacceptable. Adopting the latest fashion in suicide vests does little to bring world peace. Birth control would limit poor populations, and thus be a plus.

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5 thoughts on “Religion and Another Restless Night

  1. Nice line….”Saddam was certainly no angel (and probably still isn’t…”

    Yes religion has done terrible things in the name of Allah, God, etc. And so have every ideology that mankind has come up with to make true believers out of their follower…like capitalism-communism, Fascism-democracy. It is very, very, easy to cherry pick history to make a very strong case against them all. And for that matter, most groups of humans.

    Do you ever try to make a case for the good that ideologies have done? Especially religion. Or would such a search be a waste of time as none exist?

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    Science becomes a religion when alternative points of view are demonized.

  2. Judy Helgager on said:

    Checked out your latest post. Not much disagreement from me. I guess I could add the many injustices committed against women, too. When the next election comes around I hope the Am People will ask tough questions about foreign policy cause that is of great concern to me. We now have enough enemies to last through my lifetime. Don’t need more.

  3. There are many cases of religious people doing good things. The problem is that most of the good is nullified by the evil done in the name of the mythological supreme being.

    Mother Theresa saved many children after encouraging a grossly overpopulated India to be fruitful and multiply. This is just one of a myriad of examples.

  4. meigs glidewell on said:

    How long does it take for a loving group to turn into a band of robots? Like ernie said above, every ideology eventually becomes a tyranny. We don’t much like to recognize this, but it is true. If Stalin and Assad faced opposition parties, their countries might have been saner places. Same with Christianity. It became less murderous when more competitors came along.

    Just for the record: According to NAF, since 1977 in the United States and Canada, property crimes committed against abortion providers have included 41 bombings, 173 arsons, 91 attempted bombings or arsons, 619 bomb threats, 1630 incidents of trespassing, 1264 incidents of vandalism,

  5. Propaganda has a lot to do with it. Haven’t they learned a lesson from Goebbels and WWII. I just got back from seeing “American Sniper” at the mall. Within the first five minute The Legion is there at home with his wife watching the live TV broadcast the The World Trader Center collapsing like a stack of pancakes. Tears well in his eyes.

    Ten minutes later he’s in Fallujah Iraq, blowing away the bad guys. Hey, I got news for you; the Iraqis had nothing to do with 9/11. The implied association is a conspicuous lie, hence propaganda.

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