The Jews fight the Muslims, the Catholics fight the Protestants, The Catholics fight the Muslims, and everywhere there is blood and bodies and women wailing. All because of beliefs that the members of these sects hold sacred. And why are these beliefs sacred? Because they’ve always been sacred. If these beliefs were invented today and nicely packaged in a leather bound book, they would have trouble finding a publisher, not to mention finding distribution at a Barns & Noble mega-seller.
Why? For starters, they’re filled with hate, violence, and self-righteousness. The Koran plainly calls on all believers to make war with non-believers. What idea could be more self-destructive and counter-productive to civilization? Christians are at war with the idea of self-determination, wanting to legislate their morality and impose it on everyone. Most religions believe that their fairy tale is correct. In fact, none of them are any more correct than any work of fiction being published today. They are belief systems held together by fanciful stories and moral assertions of people whose bones we now study in museums. They are dogmatic manifestos that have been completely untouched by all the knowledge that we’ve gathered since they were written.
Furthermore, these are the very same texts that were used to justify Sept. 11th, the Spanish Inquisition, Segregation, the Crusades, genocides, suicide bombings, and every form of human slaughter, oppression, and intolerance in our history books (and not in our history books).
It used to be that religion was the glue that held communities together. Now that we are a global village, however, it is the very thing that is tearing us apart. Just ask the Bosnians, the Irish, the Jews, the Palestinians, The Chechens, The Pakistanis, the Indians, the Afghans, or really anyone out there with half a brain and access to the news. The scary thing is that, thanks to technology, the act of tearing our civilizations apart can be accomplished with the push of a button. And there are oh so many people out there looking forward to their next life.