Religion is a scary thing

People who know me well, know that I’m not too fond of organized religion. I have no problem with personal beliefs and faiths and whatever you want. What I do have a problem with is the way people allow themselves to be manipulated and the people manipulating them. I have a problem with the hypocrisy and the double-standards in practices.  I have a problem with people who use religion as a weapon or tool for personal or political gain instead of enlightenment and faith.

Here are some of the reasons I feel this way:
People having their money stolen by churches and evangelists in the name of “tithes”, really pisses me off.
People getting worked up into a frenzy by their “faith leader” to commit violence against other races, other sexualities, other religions, etc really pisses me off.
People trying to convert other people to one religion over another, because theirs is “right” and all others is “wrong” really pisses me off.
People preaching about tolerance and “turning the other cheek” and then practicing hate and prejudice against other people and beliefs really pisses me off.

And of course there is the daily news:
Texas pastor arrested for dragging girl behind van at camp
Sex video causes outrage

Five Indonesians go on trial for Christian attacks
U.S. designates Fatah al-Islam “terrorist” group
S.Korea confirms release of two Afghanistan hostages
Pulling Rank on Religion

And the lists and reasons go on and on.  Religion is the biggest killer of people in the world.  Not cancer or AIDS or heart disease or car crashes have caused as much death as religion has over the short reign of humans on this earth.  The Inquisitions (Spanish, witch-hunts, etc), the Crusades, jihads, World War II, Isreal and Palastine and the Gaza Strip, cults with and without kool-aid, Taliban and other Muslim Extremists and so on and so forth.  More people have died for religion than anything else throughout history.  OK except maybe natural causes….

Now don’t get me wrong.  This doesn’t make me an atheist or agnostic or anything of the sort.  I have my beliefs and I stand by them.  They change with me and my world and they are mine.  I don’t need to go to a fancy building to pray.  I don’t need to pay a preacher to read boring stories to me.  I don’t need to convert anyone to my way of thinking.  If, when you die, your religion happens to be the “right one” then great.  Good for you.  However, I’m betting that it just doesn’t matter.

One Response to “Religion is a scary thing”

  1. Jason says:

    I agree 100% with your assessment of organized religion. You can have faith without having to pay for it. Also, religious zealots are a bunch of zombies that are unable to make decisions for themselves. They are so weak-minded they need someone with perceived authority to tell them how to live their lives. It’s pathetic. Where we live there is one particular religious that seems to me to be extreme in their beliefs and pushing it on others. You probably know which one I’m referring to.

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