My Thoughts on the Violence in Gaza, Organized Religion and What the Media Should Really Be Saying

Image via Reuters

Image via Reuters

The unfortunate part of this job is sometimes it’s nearly impossible to escape work.  It seems no matter where I go, friends and family want to know what I think about a certain political topic.  And today that topic was Gaza.  I had two family members and one friend ask me what I thought about the situation going on there.  Then when I checked the various methods in which people can message me, I had two different messages from people asking me what I thought about the escalating violence.

Honestly, I just don’t care anymore.  It’s not that I don’t care about the tragic loss of life, or the idiocy about why it keeps happening, but I know it’s just never going to stop.  As long as both sides remain as they are, this is going to keep happening until one ultimately destroys the other.

Because this is how it always goes: The conflict flares up, we come in to try to smooth things over.  Usually things calm down for a little while – only to flare right back up again in the future.

Again and again this keeps happening.  One side is always blaming the other side.  

They started it!  No, they started it!  I’m not touching you!  Get on your side of the room!

It’s like watching petulant children misbehave – except there’s rocket launchers and bloodshed involved.

So many people have needlessly died – for what?

Because some people feel the need to make everyone believe in what they do?  Because where someone else goes after they die matters to a bunch of strangers?  Because it’s worth killing innocent children to prove how “righteous and wonderful” your religion is?

Yeah, that makes perfect sense.  Let’s slaughter one another to prove how great our God is.  Why would anyone want to follow a God who condones the slaughter of innocent people “in their name”?

I’m just so absolutely sick of it.  I’m sick of seeing innocent people – children – murdered for nothing.  I’m sick of having debates on how to “bring peace” to people who have no desire to embrace it.

And it’s unfortunate that nobody I’ve heard in the media has the courage to say any of this, because it needs to be said.  But, of course, nothing I’m saying is “PC” enough to be said by anyone on any major news channel.

They’re too busy trying to debate the solutions to an insolvable problem and interviewing politicians trying to score political points off the deaths of innocent people.

Because that’s all really important.

All this death, hate, pain, suffering and lives ruined almost entirely the result of organized religion.  Because a long time ago humans figured out that they could take our natural fear of death and turn it into a tool to manipulate people to commit horrific acts all in the name of whatever version of “God” they felt suited their own personal agenda.

So…what do I think?

I think organized religion is one of the worst things that’s ever happened to the human race, and this kind of deplorable nonsense proves it. Human beings continually slaughtering one another in the name of “God.”

Only they’re not doing this in the name of any God. They’re doing this in the name of greed, ego, power, control and the need by some to force their views on others.

Because I know even if this latest escalation in hostilities subsides (and it probably will), all that really means is that we need to restart the countdown to whenever the next flare up begins.


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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