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
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