Hello everyone, it's been quite a while. Stupid real life infringing on my blogging and video gaming time. Grrr.
Anyway, things have finally begun to slow down again at work and home and I'm hoping to be able to get back to blogging more regularly here on T|A as it's been an excellent release for me since I found the site. The topic of my first blog in my return is a question (or rather two variations of a question) that I get asked quite a bit both online and off. If you haven't noticed (and if you read my blogs regularly, it would be hard not to) I possess quite a large amount of hatred and disdain for religion. I'm quite outspoken about this factor and make no attempt to hide it from anyone, it's like a personal quest for me. One that doesn't end until religion goes the way of the dinosaur or I become worm food.
Being of such stern belief that religion is a disgrace to humanity I often get asked the question why it is that I hate god and/or his believers so much. The simple answer to that question is that I do not. I possess no contempt for any particular god and I certainly don't hold any dislike for someone simply because they believe. In fact, truth be told, I don't really have a problem with religion itself. My scorn is directed entirely in the direction of ORGANIZED religion and the people and institutions who lead it. These groups of thugs, crooks, rapists, and con artists and their syndicates of intellectual pirates and fear mongers hold the same place in my mind as the Triads, Yakuza, the Red Mob, or any other criminal enterprise. In fact I hold more respect for the out-of-closet crime syndicate. At least they're open about their wickedness and take their rightful place in the underworld as the dregs of society. Organized Religion, on the other hand, has the nerve to hold itself up as some sort of twisted pillar of humanity and morality, acting as though they are a force for good in the world. Even worse, there's a whole lot of gullible folks in the world that take the bait - hook, line, and sinker. To quote the Scottish philosopher and father of modern economics, Adam Smith - "People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public."
Organized religion is perhaps the finest shining example of this quote in action. Their trade is simple - POWER. Organized religion has an unquenchable thirst for it, in any form - political power, financial power, and the power to control people. Throughout it's history it has shown an utter disregard for human life and even basic human rights in it's quest to secure and protect it's own power. They managed to collect a great deal of it early on in human history and have held onto it with an iron fist ever since. There is no limit to the lengths that organized religion will go to in order to protect it's power.
It has attempted to outcast individuals from society, tortured, killed, and started entire wars in the name of protecting and expanding it's own well-being and wealth.
It has committed genocide in the name of spreading it's scope and power, butchering any who would not succumb to it's traditions and demands.
It has stood firmly in the way of scientific and medical progress - any kind that may serve to undermine it's claim to be the ultimate and final word on human existence - regardless of potential ramifications.
It has been a foundation and pillar for hatred and prejudice of any and all varieties - be it racial, sexual, ethnic, or ideological.
It has slowed human moral progress at every turn - be it the rights of African Americans in early-to-mid American history to the rights of gays and women around the world to this very day. Any time an issue of human rights and equality comes up organized religion is sure to be found there standing FIRMLY in the corner of hatred, bigotry, and repression. When southern Americans needed to justify slavery they looked to the Bible and found justification, when they needed reasoning behind segregation they sought it and the Bible and again found what they were looking for, when they seek reason to discriminate against homosexuals they find it in the Bible. When fundamentalist Muslim societies publicly humiliate, beat, and murder women for the smallest of supposed "crimes" it is through the Koran that they justify their evil.
There is no exception to this lust for power.
The evils of Islam are the most readily apparent of all organized religion today. 9/11 being the most obvious, along with the horrendous treatment of women in the Muslim world, the destabilization of an entire region of the world (and arguably the world as a whole), and most recently the brutal repression of a people seeking only freedom and a voice by what is now OFFICIALLY a militaristic dictatorial theocracy in Iran.
The wrong doings of the Christian church are WELL documented, from their stern opposition to scientific progress dating back as far as recorded history, to the crusades, inquisition, genocide of the Native American peoples, and more recently the systematic torture and rape of children and subsequent attempts to cover their crimes up.
The Jews usually get a pass because of what happened to them in the Holocaust. Fuck that. Their doctrine is one of the most despicable and bloodthirsty of them all. Old-school orthodox Judaism is some seriously sick and twisted fucking shit. Read up on it some time. In recent times the Jewish church has opted to play up the role of victim rather than strike out violently to expand their power but times are changing. Their most recent crimes against humanity in Gaza speak for themselves and the recent actions of ultra-orthodox Jews in Israel are disgusting. Sorry Jews, it's been 50 fucking years, your free pass has expired.
What about the Hindus? They keep to themselves and don't really mess with people right? Wrong. What the hell do you think is the #1 issue between India and Pakistan? Sure the Muslims more or less started it, but the hardline Hindus are just as fanatical. No hiding behind the facade of being one of the peaceful religions. Sure you're more peaceful than Christian or Muslim fundamentalists, so what. Charles Manson wasn't quite as sick as Jeffrey Dahmer, doesn't change the fact that Charles Manson was a sick fuck. From the 1400s-1800s India's Thuggee sect of Hindus ritualistically murdered an estimated 2 million people to appease the bloodthirsty goddess Kali. As seems to be the case with all religion, there seems to be a sudden surge in hardcore Hindu fundamentalism in recent years. Mobs of hardline Hindus in India have been accused of attacking local Christians and Muslims as well as attempting to repress the rights of women.
What about the Buddhists? They're all about the peace right? Oh yeah... shit... Burma. Where human sacrifice was still commonplace up until the 1850s. When the capital was moved to Mandalay, 56 "spotless" men were buried beneath the walls to protect and sanctify the city. When it was discovered that 2 bodies were missing, religious leaders declared that 500 men, women, boys, and girls must be killed and buried at once or the capital must be abandoned. Thankfully, the British stepped in and stopped the madness after around 100 were killed. Efforts continue in Myanmar to this day to snuff out any and all who oppose the Buddhist majority. If you'd like more recent examples, read up on Sri Lanka where oppression by the Buddhist majority has led to 20 years of civil war.
There is no religion that is exempt and whatever moral high ground you claim to stand on I promise you it has been destroyed by a history of violence, hatred, and discrimination that plagues any and every form of organized religion. To me, the phrases "I'm a Christian," "I'm a Muslim," or "I'm a Jew" offer you no more moral high ground than do the statements "I'm a Nazi," "I'm a Klansman," or "I'm a Crip." At least those groups have the backbone to admit the selfishness of their motives. Organized Religion chooses to hide behind their claims to be backed by God. They are not only criminals but cowards as well and the fact that their support is still quite widespread is a testament to the gullibility of the human species.
So go right ahead, believe in your God all you want. Pray to him, worship him, do whatever you please in your own home so long as it doesn't hurt another person. However, don't expect an ounce of respect from me if you choose to support one of these ancient, barbaric, power-hungry institutions. Religion truly does poison everything and if you don't believe me I challenge you to take off your rose-colored glasses and look into the history of whatever your chosen criminal syndicate. Or are you afraid of what you might find out?