Humanity Will Always Live in Chaos as Long as Organized Religion Persists

stewart-religionI think I’ve absolutely hit my limit with this “debate,” because it gets us absolutely nowhere.

Recently, Bill Maher has made waves by publicly condemning Islam. His comments enraged more than a few liberals. Which is interesting, considering Maher has based a large part of his “shtick” on being staunchly anti-religious. In fact, he’s often bashed Christianity to little or no national uproar from liberals.

That’s where the hypocrisy lies. Maher’s message hasn’t been any different than his usual comments against organized religion. His issues lie in the tendency for liberals to have no issues bashing Christianity, while finding any criticism of Islam “racist” or “prejudiced.” All this despite the fact that Islam isn’t a race or ethnicity. It’s an organized religion, just like Christianity.

But between all the rhetoric, propaganda and politically correct nonsense – I’ve had enough.

The truth is, all organized religions are the problem. Now, I’m not talking about faith. If you want to have faith in God, Allah or whomever, that’s fine. But when you put human-made rules and interpretation on these faiths, that’s when problems arise. That’s what’s called organized religion.

And it’s never made sense to me. Why do people care about what other people believe? It’s maddening. As long as you keep religious views from controlling government (and in turn the laws which rule over a particular society) what someone else believes should have no impact on anyone else’s life besides those who follow that religion.

I’ve never once lived anywhere where any of my neighbors’ religions had any impact on my life.

It’s like right-wing Christians and their opposition to same-sex marriage. What the hell are they afraid of? How does gay marriage impact their marriage? In fact, what do gay rights have to do with their rights?

I’ll answer that question: Nothing. 

Yet that doesn’t stop tens of millions of these right-wing Christians from doing everything they can to try to deny gay Americans equal rights. Even though doing so has absolutely no impact on whether or not someone is gay.

Because homosexuals are born that way. 

But this isn’t just limited to homosexuals. Muslims have all kinds of ridiculous rules that keep people under the thumb of religious control. The burqa, a common garment worn by Muslim women, is often legally required for women to wear out in public in many Muslim-controlled countries. And in many of these countries, women and homosexuals are treated like something that’s less than human rather than actual human beings.

Though when you look at human history, how many atrocities have been “justified” all in the name of organized religion? Look at the conflicts we have today. How many are driven by organized religion?

Organized religion is the worst thing that’s ever happened to human kind.

All organized religion does is provide a tool for those in power to manipulate millions to act against their own self interests. Which is exactly what you see in Christianity and Islam. People in power, using religion, to get people to act like absolute fools. People living their lives under the control of religious rules that are derived by some human’s interpretation of something they read in a book.

Religious books, by the way, that no religion can actually provide factual evidence to support anything that’s written inside of them.

But that doesn’t stop billions (Christians, Hindus, Muslims and other religions) from basing their entire existence upon these “rules.” It also doesn’t stop many of those people from committing atrocities, including horrific violations of basic human rights, all in the “name of religion.”

It just never ceases to amaze me what deplorable acts have been justified all in the name of different gods that nobody can prove actually exist.

Though the truth is, as long as billions continue to follow these human-made religious rules, humanity is always going to be divided in chaos. Because that’s exactly what history tells us, and what we’re currently seeing. Human beings, slaughtering one another or treating other fellow humans like garbage, all in the name of rules made up centuries ago about gods none of them can prove actually exist.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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