I grew up being taught to respect people of races, colors, sexualities, and creeds. I was raised a Roman Catholic, but respect of creeds is ingrained in most Americans. Why?
We hear it over and over again. But are we not perpetuating intolerance with faux-tolerance of others? Institutionalizing injustice towards homosexuals out of respect to other people’s creeds. Right. And who can forget taking away women’s reproductive rights away.
“The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species.”- Christopher Hitchens, God is not Great
It is time to stop fighting for religious rights: take the rights you already have and leave the archaic institutions that inhibit you. The time has come to stop trying to fix what is beyond outdated and broken. Does it not seem pitiful that we consider the Pope’s words to be groundbreaking in regards to homosexuals?
“Who am I to judge?”
2000 years after Jesus’ death, this statement is considered prophetic. While people rejoiced around the world at the liberal Jesuit Pope Francis’ words, I cringed. His lack of condemnation which, has widely become interpreted as an approval, is nothing of the sort.
In the same interview where Pope Francis proclaimed, “Who am I to judge?” he went on to say women priests are still out of the question and will stay as such.
Richard Dawkins recently tweeted:
“A priest without a penis? Without a penis, how could she turn wine into blood, or a wafer into a First Century Jew? That’s just Theology 101”
It takes a somewhat silly statement like this one to open our eyes. Traditions have lost the purpose they once served. Religious institutions are preventing us from moving forward.