The problem with organized religion is that it can create fanatics out of otherwise normal people. Most people live their lives normally and without conflict, however there are some issues that become so heated that despite their church “attendance record” people inexplicably fall back on religion in their arguments. While I will not argue that the Christian bible has some good life lessons in it, tales that we can all use to guide our lives and teach our children, it is a dangerous concept to create an entire belief system from this book.
Dictionary.com defines a “cult” in the following way:
- a particular system of religious worship, especially with reference to its rites and ceremonies.
- an instance of great veneration of a person, ideal, or thing, especially as manifested by a body of admirers: the physical fitness cult.
- a group or sect bound together by veneration of the same thing, person, ideal, etc.
Now, of course I chose the word “cult” for a specific reason; most people associate it with a negative connotation, however it is just a descriptive word as is shown above. And as these definitions clearly show Christianity, and all other forms of organized religion, clearly fit. Word choice is very important, as people associate specific words together very easily, which can become rather confusing, especially in the English language as it is so very flexible and cleverly twisted.
I do not disparage anyone having a belief system, however, attempting to force it upon others is a vulgar act. We, as human beings, are free thinking beings and as such should be allowed to form our own thoughts on issues without overbearing advice. The Christian bible is very often misquoted or, even worse, quotes are cherry picked from the text to serve someones argument with no thought to context. Pulling a line of text out of such a vast volume to support an argument makes as much sense waggling your hands in your ears and sticking out your tongue to convince someone.
Throughout history there have been many wars and other acts of violence based around religion; who is right and who is wrong. While just as petty, issues such as: oil, wanting more land, or conquest, make more sense than fighting over a belief system based on something you cannot prove or hold. I am reminded of Dr. Suess’s book, The Bitter Butter Battle in which two nations go to war over the simple argument of whether to butter the top or bottom side of the bread… seems rather foolish now doesn’t it?
Religion really is used by so many as a crutch when they have no better opinion to put into a discussion. And it is a hard argument to counter as the discussion can become very heated and has the possibly of becoming a physical altercation. Not to mention it is very hard to counter an argument that is based on the belief in faith without proof. I truly believe George Carlin put it best with the following statement on religion. (George Carlin on Religion)
So yes, I think organized religion should be done away with, its time is long past. We as a species no longer need the “eye in the sky” watching over us, dictating to us how our lives should be. Issues such as homosexuality, abortion, premarital sex, education, and the like need to be left to the individual to decide upon, not have thoughts forced upon them. We argue and fight over things because of our “religion”, because of what is preached to us every Sunday morning. Intolerance comes in many forms and organized religion is by far the worst of them.
And as if it was not bad enough with church sessions, religion is now moving into our governmental system and we are allowing it, despite the fact that the U.S. Constitution was created with the idea of keeping church and state separated. I do not care what your beliefs or thoughts are, just consider this, IF the Founding Fathers had intended America to be a Christian nation don’t you think they would have interwoven it more these important documents than they did? I mean honestly, do you really think these intelligent men forgot? I can see it now, 10 years after the Constitution was fully integrated into the nation and Thomas Jefferson wakes up one morning going:
Oh shit! We forgot to put religion into it! What a fail we are!
- Look forward to the death of organized religion: Richard Dawkins – Vineet Gill – The Times of India (richarddawkins.net)
- Why We Should Tax the Churches – big think
- What’s The Real Reason The Catholic Church Wants To Keep Gays Oppressed? – The New Civil Rights Movement
- What the Bible Says – And Doesn’t Say – About Homosexuality – Soulforce
- Our Founding Fathers Were NOT Christians – BibleTrash.com
- Why do people join fundamentalist religions? And why do they stay in them? (michigantelephone.wordpress.com)