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The need for religion…

Being both an atheist and former (recovered?) Roman Catholic, I have been known to flip a finger once and a while to religions. Owing to my current reading material (thanks, Flash!), my normal passive disdain of things religious has elevated to a prickly disgust this week. Stories like the one about the teacher in Sudan getting jail-time for letting seven-year olds name a teddy bear “Mohammed”, don’t help.

And then there’s this one, about a Jehovah’s Witness kid who died after refusing to accept blood transfusions to treat his leukemia. I suppose he felt he was doing the right thing, and I have to support the freedom to waste his life however he wants (with a nod to caveats related to inflicting pain on others, of course…), but still, throwing a life away for bullshit like this is utter lunacy. In this specific case, the aunt that likely influenced (killed?) him with her Jehovah’s Witness beliefs should be charged with murder, manslaughter, something. Naturally, she was unavailable for comment – she was too busy washing her hands and hoping (praying?) that she did the right thing.

Sorry chicko, Occam’s Razor is rarely wrong, and it don’t need no stinking god to build a universe. You just killed your nephew – pray harder!

As the old adage says – It’s easy to get a bad person to do bad things. To get a good person to do bad things, you need religion.

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7 thoughts on “The need for religion…

  1. You’re welcome, Kevvy – I absolutely recommend the book to everyone who wants to understand the extremes people are willing to go to to make themselves feel superior to others. Your assessment and your example cut right to the heart of the matter, as usual.

    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Christian Science and Jehovah’s Witnesses fit that description. Relying on god to cure serious illnesses only means you’ll visit him sooner, as is proven over and over again. On the upside, that particular gene pool is being drained by its own members. Some problems are, thankfully, self-limiting.

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  2. I don’t think its so much RELIGION, in general, that is the problem. Mother Theresa, Mahatma Ghandi and the Dalai Lama were/ are very religious people. The problem lies with what people seek to use religion as an excuse for, and how much they let dogma replace having to think for yourself.

    At first glance, it seem as though there are actually two religiously motivated issues you’ve highlighted here, Kevvy: fanaticism and straight up stupidity. But, actually, there really is only one: human stupidity. This is firstly because, as people who willingly forgo the freedom of logical thought,in favor of dogma and retoric, fanatics and zealots are by my definition, stupid. Secondly, throwing away your life for the dubious existence of a “commandment” (there actually isn’t one) stemming from documents written (by MEN, not a spiritual being) thousands of years ago; when modern medical techniques weren’t even conceived of, let alone commented on, is tatamount to suicide. Its been a few years since I read the bible, but I seem to remember a very explicit directive against committing suicide. Breaking a commandment that is explicitly forbidden by your favored religious system, in favor of one that really doesn’t exist, is, well, stupid. As you say: “and I have to support the freedom to waste his life however he wants (with a nod to caveats related to inflicting pain on others, of course…), but still, throwing a life away for bullshit like this is utter lunacy…”

    Should the aunt be charged for her nephews death? Not if the judge is correct, and he made his own decision. Just because one idiot shows another a cliff, doesn’t mean the second idiot has to jump off it. I agree with Flash: “Relying on god to cure serious illnesses only means you’ll visit him sooner, as is proven over and over again. On the upside, that particular gene pool is being drained by its own members. Some problems are, thankfully, self-limiting.” This type of thing is proof humans are subject to Darwinian forces, that seem to be more and more active, the bigger our poulation gets. I’d like to add a caveat of my own – at least this kid had the good grace to jump out of the gene pool BEFORE he managed to procreate.

    However, the same cannot be said for the fanatics, they always seem to want to involve the rest of us – they don’t have the decency to keep their disagreements and homicidal tendencies among themselves. Maybe the rest of us should take steps to isolate them, or isloate ourselves from them, and let Darwin take over.

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