Thursday, August 18, 2011

Religion does not equal morality

Religion has for centuries advised and comforted everyone from the President of the United States down to the modest shopkeeper in small town America.

 Religion has shown itself to be good and reasonable to ninety-five percent of the world’s population, unfortunately, its’ the other five percent of “religious” people that I am taking dead aim at today.

My mother stopped watching FOX News because of the assertion by some of their hosts that religion equaled morality. One look at the news headlines and that notion is blown sky high.

If religion always equated morality, how come we have pedophile priests? There’s nothing Biblical or moral about preying upon the innocence of children. People all over the world use religion to justify polygamy and terrorism and everything in between.

For some people, religion is just a mask of convenience worn on Sundays, Wednesdays, or whenever the congregation meets, while the rest of the week they act less than moral because they can claim forgiveness from God later.

This is leaving aside all the religious terrorists who have found justification from their gods and scriptures to kill innocent men, women, and children. To them, these actions are moral justified by an interpretive reading of their holy books, while others deride them as fanatics.

My message here today: Do not assume a person pleading religion is a person of strong moral fiber automatically because religion while its’ brought much good to this world has also brought pain and terror to it.

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