Religion is like a Football Team

I support Chelsea and my Mecca is Stamford Bridge. I made my pilgrimage when I lived in London and it was the site of much adoration.

Each week, all over the world, people go to these sites and chant, sing, stand up, sit down, praise and denouce as a group. After the 'ceremony' they will discuss the events of the day and what needs to be done to make things better for their chosen idols.

When confronted with a member of another faction, who believes they follow the correct team, they will argue and fight and quote and bicker. Each has several reasons for believeing why THEY are correct and
the other is wrong. Any negative point brought up by the opponant, is discounted, disregarded and ignored.

When something goes wrong with their team, it is someone elses fault, when it goes right it is because they are the best.

All of the above statements can be applied to Football or Religion.

BUT

Few wars are started over Football
No laws are passed to support the views of the most popular team
People are not tortured because of Football

I support Chelsea. I know it is only a game. I don't live my life by it. Pity the same is not true of Religion.

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Comment by Liam on May 26, 2009 at 4:02am
I had written "No wars are started over Football" but for your reason I changed it and I kinda remembered hearing of an actual war starting after a football match. So I googled it and these turned up.

http://www.onthisfootballday.com/football-history/may-13-the-match-that-started-a-war.php
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A702848

So i think 'Few' was a better word!
Comment by Rene Benthien on May 29, 2009 at 12:56am
hey man, did you hear about this. Crazy people find any reason to do their crazy things.

But I think only religion makes sane people do crazy things.
Comment by Gary Bergeron on May 31, 2009 at 11:55am
Thanks for this post. Very interesting.
I'm not a football fan. During football season, on Monday, at work, after the N. O. Saints have lost a game, it's amusing to listen to the excuses from my coworkers. The referees cheated, a single play is isolated as the cause of the loss of the game, on and on...lol.

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