Oh, Well.

I am not having the best day ever, so probably not wise to rant, but what the hey, right?

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ.” — Gandhi

Hobby Lobby and the Constitution

I am truly puzzled. I remember 9/11. I remember that it was religious fanatics who were behind it. I remember the Taliban, and Jihadists and all that. What I don’t understand is how that gave rise to the exact same fanaticism here in this country. What is with all the religious umbrage going on? Do they not connect themselves and their ‘everyone must behave according to MY beliefs’ agenda, to the same agenda held by people of a different religion, i.e. Islam, that was behind so much tragedy in the world? Can anyone explain this to me, because I really, really do not get it. (By the way, has no one heard of The Inquisition?)

Morality is doing what is right no matter what you are told. Religion is doing what you are told no matter what is right.

I am not religious. From my point of view, religion has caused more death and destruction and persecution than any other factor on the planet. But I don’t tell anyone else that they CAN’T be religious. I don’t force them to stop going to church, or worshiping whomever it is they choose to worship. Even if it’s The Church of The Flying Spaghetti Monster. I don’t lobby to outlaw communion wafers. Believe what you want. I really don’t give a damn. Just do NOT try to force ME to live MY life according to those beliefs. That is not your right. Freedom OF religion is also freedom FROM religion. I keep my atheism out of your life (unless you read my blog), so keep your religion out of mine. Please. Sheesh!

When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said, ‘Let us pray.’ We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.

Bishop Desmond Tutu (b. 1931) spiritual leader,activist, writer

2 thoughts on “Oh, Well.

  1. I liked this rant. It contains so much truth in it, and a few quotes I will definitely steal. Very funny how religion puts itself up as a solution to the world’s problems but ends up being the problem itself. Very piercing observations. I tend to avoid religious discussions for fear of what people end up saying because when it comes to beliefs, all rationality goes out the window. I like your views.

  2. I am not known for my tact, but I do try not to be too offensive. Sometimes things just push me over the edge of even trying to be polite. There were harsher quotes and images I could have posted. I know people who have been damaged by religious bigotry, and you cannot be alive and not see the hate that is perpetrated in the name of one god or another. Glad you weren’t offended by this. I did think about that before posting, but I was just too fed up at the moment. It is Every. Day. Every. Single. Day. there is something on line or on the news about people doing and saying unconscionable things in the name of their god. Who, if he exists, must be hugging the toilet in revulsion.

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