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 The time has come to stop trying to fix what is beyond outdated and broken.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. 

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Comment by bongani muthwa on December 10, 2013 at 9:22am

I am lost Owen, maybe my English is too  not england?

Comment by Owen Hayes on December 10, 2013 at 3:38pm

I'm American. What specifically confused you? Perhaps I can clarify.

Comment by Ed on December 10, 2013 at 5:50pm

The inconsistencies of the Roman Catholic church over the centuries should give any follower pause for concern. There was a purgatory, now there's not. On and on. And his "Who am I to judge?" is laughable when one considers the hundreds of years of persecution they inflicted on people during such periods as the Spanish Inquisition. Perhaps they have stopped judging & persecuting since they continue to transfer their clergy unannounced from one location to another when the threat of another pedophilia incident rears it's ugly head. 

Comment by bongani muthwa on December 11, 2013 at 5:01am

"Institutionalizing injustice towards homosexuals out of respect to other people’s creeds. Right. And who can forget taking away women’s reproductive rights away." Ok How is respecting other pople's creeds jusifies institutionalized prejudice and injustice towards any body ( including,of course homosexuals)? Please educate me Owen

Comment by Owen Hayes on December 11, 2013 at 10:25am

Precisely Ed. And as far injustice goes:we respect the intolerance imbedded in the aforementioned creeds. Politicians argue using God as their source for banning gay marriage, contraceptives, and abortion. I'm sure I don't have to say this(but i will): Because of the archaic view on using American tax dollars to fund contraceptives, thousands if not hundreds of thousands of people in Africa contracted aids. Not only is respect towards creeds institutionalizing injustice, it is also perpetuating ignorance. I won't respect something that tries to take away the rights of others. That being said I would NEVER ask for the religious to lose their rights to practice of course. 


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