Why I abstain from religion.
I was just reading this story about a Christian guy who murdered his friend and room mate because ‘he didn’t believe in god’. Not exactly a very Christian thing to do is it?
This is one of the reasons why I avoid subscribing to any named religion – religion has been one of the major causes of violence and general craziness in the world over the last few hundred years. Whether it’s a Muslim suicide bomber blowing themselves up, a crazed Nazi dictator gassing Jews or Christians burning witches on the stake – religion is the main cause.
If any normal person does something evil they are branded an evil person – but if someone does something evil in the name of their religion then what they are doing is an act of good (at least in their/their religions eyes). Can you believe in the linked article there were actually Christians attending the court hearing and DEFENDING what that guy did? Where in the ten commandments did it say ‘kill all atheists’?
At some point every major religion has been responsible for one atrocity or another. When it comes down to it religion is just a form of control and there are plenty of saps out there waiting to be controlled. I am not one of those saps, I will not be controlled by anyone. I’m a free thinking wild animal and I will decide what is good and what is evil for myself.
Just because I don’t have religion doesn’t mean that I don’t have morality and ultimately, *that* is what makes a person good or bad. Missing church doesn’t make you a bad person, neither does working on a Sunday, what makes you a bad person is discriminating against people with different beliefs than yourself.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is the 21st century and I invite you all to stand up and see the light – not the light of your chosen deities but the light of clarity and freedom.