I’ve been reading a lot of both religious and atheistic blogs and tweets lately. I follow the Progressive Secular Humanist Facebook page, and subscribe to the American Humanist Association. Both Atheistic based sites. The American Humanist group hopes for peace and a belief that all people are equal, and that not all people need religion, and the religion is responsible for many of the worlds ill. The Progressive Secular group is very similar, but a bit more radical in its approach toward religion. From what I can tell the Progressives want to ensure a separation between church and state, and slowly make people realize what a drug religion can be.
I don’t hate Christians, any more than I hate Jews or Muslims. They are all equal (in my eyes) in the state of ignorance they choose to live their lives. But that’s ok with me. You can be a Mormon for all I care, I have no preference. Yet, these are the groups that spawn racial hatred, paint “the other guys” with a much different brush. Jews are different than Christians, the Christians scream. The Jews say, they’re right, but we’re going to keep doing what we’re doing and making a good living at it.
The Muslims have taken a bad rap lately. Unfairly, I think. More hatred, fear, and distrust seems to be spread about this religion than any other. Just because a group of radicals took down the World Trade Center, there has been hatred of the Muslim people growing. Because of a radical sect! Jonestown was a radical sect. Look what happened to them. Not all Muslims are bad, just like not all Christians are bad, the same as not all people are bad. The entire population should not be judged on the actions of so few. That’s all I’m saying here. Even if President Obama was Muslim (which he says he is not) he is obviously not of the Al Qaeda mindset.
And look at the related gospels of each of the major religions. They all teach us that it is wrong to steal, or commit murder, or covet thy neighbor’s goods. They teach us to honor our parents and to avoid temptation. They extoll us to live a good life, doing the right thing. The central teaching (as I understand) of Jesus Christ was one of tolerance and forgiveness. The Christian Right isn’t tolerant, or forgiving. They are holding entire populations at fault for the acts of just a few. Americans are sent to die when they are sent off to kill the “insurgents” and “terrorists.” Innocent people are killed, injured and homeless, hospitals destroyed, freeways and roads decimated. All done in the name of Patriotism when it was really about greed and oil and profiteering. Religion allowed us to do this. Not science. Would we have any wars if everyone believed in science. The Al Qeada felt the US was too powerful and so decided they had a statement to make. Should we invade a country to help them throw out their trash? Let Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Palestine kill their own people with their chaos, distrust, and hatred. Outside of humanitarian help, we should not send our soldiers to free other countries from their own tyrants.
I’m sick of people telling me the men and women over in Afghanistan and Iraq are/were fighting for my freedom. They are not fighting for me or my freedom. Our soldiers are over there fighting for the freedom of the Iraqi and Afghan people–and that’s not a bad thing. In fact that is more noble to fight for someone else’s freedom. But I want it clear, Soldiers fighting in foreign places are not fighting to keep me free, but to free another country from a tyrant.
If we want world peace we need to get rid of religion. We can’t force someone to give up their religion, so I guess we will have to live with war always in our future.