Religion Continues to Kill

Our Bible is not as loving as a lot of people would like you to believe

If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods that neither you nor your fathers have known, 7 gods of the peoples around you, whether near or far, from one end of the land to the other), 8 do not yield to him or listen to him. Show him no pity. Do not spare him or shield him. 9 You must certainly put him to death. Your hand must be the first in putting him to death, and then the hands of all the people. 10 Stone him to death, because he tried to turn you away from the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 11 Then all Israel will hear and be afraid, and no one among you will do such an evil thing again.”– Deuteronomy 13:6-11

Religion today is every bit as violent and dangerous as it was in the Dark and Middle-Ages. Within the last fifteen to twenty years the following religious conflicts have killed millions of people and totally ruined countless other lives.

Palestine–Jews vs. Muslims
Balkans-Orthodox Serbians vs. Catholic Croatians & Orthodox Serbians vs. Bosnian and Albanian Muslims
Northern Ireland-Protestants vs. Catholic
Kashmir-Muslims vs. Hindus
Sudan-Muslims vs. Christians and Animists
Nigeria-Muslims vs. Christians
Ethiopia and Eritrea-Muslims vs. Christians
Sri-Lanka-Sinhalese Buddhists vs. Tamil Hindus
Indonesia-Muslims vs. Timorese Christians
Caucuses-Russian Orthodox vs. Chechen Muslims and Muslim Azerbaijanis vs. Catholic and Orthodox Armenians
India vs. Pakistan-Muslim vs. Hindu-they have already fought 3 wars against each other and now both of these countries have nuclear weapons.

I believe that religion in all its forms and practices is the most deadly and destructive and evil force ever let loose on this planet…it is without a doubt the number one cause of human death and destruction.

Christian evangelical fundamentalist are actively working and praying for the end of the world.  Muslims believe they make it straight to heaven if they kill in what they think is defense of Allah, so the source of human bombers is pretty much inexhaustible.  Don’t forget those 72 virgins waiting for them. Talk about infantile and delusional behavior.

How long should we allow religion to hold sway over us?

How long should we allow the mentally unbalanced to run the asylum?

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6 Responses to Religion Continues to Kill

  1. fisticmystic says:

    “Christian evangelical fundamentalist [sic] are actively working and praying for the end of the world.”

    This is going to come as a surprise to us Christians. We do believe in being prepared for the end of the age, but I’ve never met anyone (among my evangelical fundamentalist friends anyway) who was trying to bring about the end of the world.

    I think you may be overwrought.

  2. sole4sail says:

    Mystic, I still remember Christians in every church I’ve ever been to get R E A L emotional when they pray, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus”…

  3. Shakespeare has a line about “killing all the lawyers” but as far as I know no one has acted upon it yet. However, as a precaution we could put a warning label on the Bard’s works.

    I think these attempts to make the Bible “scarey” are very cute. Yet my verdict is, sorry, no cigar.

    The Bible is a grown up and complex book. Your attempt to attach one, literalistic meaning to the verses you cite doesn’t strike me as a particularly insightful way of dealing with Biblical culture.

    Context is everything, baby. Maybe the meaning of these verses have eluded you. Or were you ever even interested in their meanings?

  4. thewordofme says:

    Hi Ann’s new friend, thanks for writing.

    You write:
    “I think these attempts to make the Bible “scarey” are very cute. Yet my verdict is, sorry, no cigar.”

    Not trying to *make* the Bible scary at all…it does it all by itself without any help from me, the verse is just a pertinent thought to what I’m writing about. I have also from time to time quoted on violence from the Koran. The point is, as I’m sure you know, that religion perpetuates violence time after time in its 3,000 year history. (Where was God the other 200,000 years?)

    You write:
    The Bible is a grown up and complex book. Your attempt to attach one, literalistic meaning to the verses you cite doesn’t strike me as a particularly insightful way of dealing with Biblical culture.

    I beg to differ with you, the Bible is a very childish story of a people that followed God one minute and worshiped golden calves the next…God helped them and then he didn’t. Its full of murder and genocide that God either did or helped along. He sticks his nose in women’s monthly cycles and devises protocol for it, for god’s sake. It is obviously written by men with no input from anything resembling a true God.
    It is full of myths…stories that are lies, such as Adam and Eve, Noah’s flood, the Tower of Babel, the Exodus. These mythical stories alone point to it being a man-made made-up book.

    In the New Testament Paul obviously changes Jesus’ goals and objectives. It is full (as is the Old Testament) of contradictions.

    Over the years Christianity in its many forms has been deadly to the human race, as have other religions and that is what I’m writing here. Prove me wrong.
    twom

  5. pacer521 says:

    very interesting post. I think all in all, religion is dangerous in all forms — because people relentlessly believe that anyone else who doesn’t not share their beliefs should not live.

    pacer521
    http://politicsdecoded.com/2009/04/20/opinion-piece-tax-day-tea-parties-the-wrong-step-in-every-direction/

  6. thewordofme says:

    pacer521 Religion is a blot on the human race

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