It’s Time We Start Defining Ourselves by How We Act as Humans, Not Our Religions

carl-saganThere’s really no way to beat around the bush on this one: organized religion is idiotic. Human history is littered with horrific acts carried out “in the name of religion.” It’s never made sense to me why people care so much about what religion someone else follows. Why does the lifestyle or behavior of someone else matter to anyone but that particular individual? It’s completely illogical.

But a better question should be, why would anyone want a government based on religion? Isn’t the point of faith to willingly believe and follow a certain set of beliefs? If the law states that you must do something “in the name of religion” then it’s no longer about faith, it’s about law. And you can’t call yourself a person of “faith” if there are legal punishments for not abiding to certain laws and rules established by a theocracy.

The point of God, and judgement (if you believe that sort of thing), is that we are judged based upon our actions on Earth, right? Well, are those actions really pure if someone is sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for questioning them? In my opinion, that’s using extreme punishment and fear to force people to abide by your theocratic rule – or else.

I just don’t get why people care. Say being gay is a sin and a choice (though I don’t believe either is true), why does that matter to someone who isn’t gay? If you’re someone who believes that our behavior while we’re alive is ultimately judged by God, or some other supreme being, why are we so concerned about someone else’s behavior? A person isn’t “judged” based upon what another individual does.

The contradiction of forced religious oppression is glaring. The point of believing in God is for individuals to choose to believe in whatever particular God they worship. What’s the point of a God wanting people to “choose” to believe – when the laws they’re governed by essentially force them to?

That’s not faith, that’s force – and it completely contradicts the whole premise of morality and judgment based on one’s own behavior.

And stop with this whole “God favors one nation over another” b.s. There’s not a single piece of evidence that any version of God favors a nation based upon their devotion to religious beliefs. In fact, I could argue that the most “religious” countries (at least countries which claim to be very religious) do much worse economically than nations that have kept religion out of government.

Why can’t we just keep to our own personal beliefs and judge one another based on how we act as humans instead of what religion we follow?  It’s baffling to me. People all over the world oppose one another based upon similar beliefs in various gods – that no one can prove actually exist. 

It’s like two siblings battling over whose imaginary friend is better.

Quick, can anyone tell me what you would call four infants from four families of different religious beliefs (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu) who were adopted by parents who didn’t subscribe to any organized religion?

They’re all part of a family. 

Who we are as people should be all that anyone cares about. Not what religion we follow, who we love or what color our skin is – just who we are as people.

Just imagine how much better off this planet would be, and how many lives would have been saved throughout human history (and even now), if people just stopped trying to force their religious views on others.

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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