Thursday, January 28, 2010
The Root Of All Evil
Many people have speculated on what the root of all evil in this world really is, and if you ask for an opinion on that subject you’d probably get as many different answers as people you ask. There is no question that there are many evils in this world, but looking at opinions of evil as a whole, every one seems to be linked in one way or another to one thing. Religion.
“God” (no pun intended) only knows how many different religions there are in the world today, or how many different Gods have been worshiped throughout history. It’s quite true that many religious organizations have done and continue to do an enormous amount of good for impoverished people all around the world, and I certainly do not mean to belittle those efforts. But there is another side to religion, one that has made it’s dark and ugly face known since the inception of religion and it is a plague on the sanity of human beings, a plague of obsession, dominance, control and power.
“In the name of God” man has made war on his neighbors, committed murder, tortured, maimed, imprisoned and condemned others that refuse to believe as they do. All religions claim that their God is the only “true” God. Their God is good and just and forgiving, but if you defy their God, he will destroy you, and many have been destroyed, but not by any God, rather by the hand of those who profess to be doing “the will of God”.
Religion in my opinion is absolutely the first root of all evil, and in the eyes of those obsessed with it; it is also justification for the hatred and contempt of others they consider “not like us”. That brings us to the second root of all evil, bigotry. The constitution of the United States guarantees the free expression of religion, however for many that doesn’t seem to be good enough. Many people believe that right is reserved for them and they have no regard what so ever for the rights or beliefs of others.
Sarah Palin a white Pentecostal Christian repeatedly stated in her stump speech during the 2008 campaign to the hordes of white Christians cheering her on that Barack Obama “is not like us”. Well, not like us how? Because he is biracial, or because his father was a Muslim? If Obama had been white, and his father a Christian would Palin have still said, “He’s not like us”?
Orly Taitz, an Israeli Jew says the word Muslim as if she were referring to dog shit. And of course every time she opens her mouth about Obama she calls him a Muslim. If Obama’s father had been born an Israeli Jew would Taitz be running all over the country calling him a Jewish usurper?
What about the Teabaggers, most of them are (primarily uneducated) white hard-core rightwing Christians who also claim Obama is a Muslim and they say the word with as much disgust as Orly Taitz. Do they really care that his father was a Muslim from Kenya, or is it the color of his skin that irks them so badly. I live in rural Virginia surrounded by lots of different redneck types and the words I hear “off the record” aren’t Muslim or Kenyan, but flat out nigger and boon. Are they all just using religion to hide their bigotry? Religion has frequently been “used” as a cover for an endless array of ulterior motives and agendas.
No matter which way you look at it, it all seems to come back to religion. Jews and Muslims have been at odds or fighting for thousands of years because of religion. Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called Israel a "cancerous tumor" that must be wiped from the map. Many Christians believe that the US is a “Christian nation” and all Muslims are heathens and terrorists and they should all be treated as such. Most of those Christians nearly shit themselves when Obama said at a press conference in Turkey, “We have a large Christian population but we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation”. But the fact is Obama was exactly right about that.
According to the 2000 census there were 281.4 million people in the United States. It also showed that females outnumber males by 5.3 million. Christianity is the largest religion in the US, but this is no more a “Female nation” than it is a Christian nation. The first line of the first amendment to the constitution states; “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”. That was “not” followed by, “But we have more Christians so they get to be in charge”.
Some Christians have however done their damnedest to lay claim to this nation. They constantly piss and moan about every law or policy that does not follow whichever doctrine “they” profess as “God’s Law”. They want it all “God’s way or no way” and to hell with what anyone else wants or believes. They would probably shit themselves again if any public official ever tried to offer a prayer at a government function in the name of Allah, but by God don’t tell them they can’t offer a public prayer in the name of Jesus!
It’s not just Christians; it’s all of them, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists and every religious “cult” in existence. They all feel the same way about their own religion and they all claim that all religions aside from their own are false. To believe in a Supreme Being, or deity is a personal choice, and I have no problem with that. If it works for you, knock yourself out.
But religion is about indoctrination and control. They do not want people to think for themselves, but demand under the threat of eternal damnation that people think and believe as they are told. There is no scientific proof what so ever that any religion is even remotely based in fact, but people believe its “gospel” because that’s what they have been taught to believe.
Richard Dawkins, a British biological theorist once stated; “Science involves a process of constantly testing and revising theories in the light of new evidence, while faith makes a virtue out of believing unprovable and often improbable propositions.”
Well, the one thing I do have faith in is that if there is a hell, “religion” is the quickest way to get there.