IS RELIGION REALLY EVIL? - (originally published in Vanguard)

IS religion evil? Wait, don’t crucify me yet. Read below and make up your mind. Even Jesus Christ had a sham trial before Pontus Pilate before he was crucified. I contend that religious wars have killed more people than AIDS, malaria, famine, holocaust all put together.

That is a fact. People have committed atrocities, discrimination, murder, hatred, rape under the disguise of religion and in the name of God. Osama Bin Laden is killing people in the name of God. Mullah Omar and the Taliban have denied women education and freedom in the name of God. David Koresh, “the last prophet” of Waco Texas, raped and physically abused young children in the name of religion.

Bob Jones Christian University refused to enroll black students until 1971 and forbade interracial dating until 2000 based on religious beliefs; “that God intended segregation of the races and that the scripture forbids interracial marriage.” Pat Robertson and Jeremiah Wright preached hatred, intolerance, discrimination all in the name of God Almighty!

Esther my friend has avoided her mom for over 10 years. “Witch craft is not my portion” she insists. Their relationship has been strained ever since her 83-year old father passed away. Their pastor insists he was killed by his wife, Esther’s mom .

“That is what happens when a Christian marries a Muslim, light and darkness don’t mix” he explains. It didn’t matter that he was elderly, diabetic and with a bad heart.

Between 1933 and 1945, six million innocent people including children were tortured, and massacred by the Nazis in Germany. Some sent to humiliating concentration camps where they were subjected to agonizing mental maltreatments.

Their only crime; they were Jews! On September 11, 2001 the landscape and mind set of America were changed forever when 3000 innocent people were murdered in their primes by fanatic lunatics fighting the “holy war” jihad in the name of Allah.

In 2009, Nigeria saw a blood bath, again, in the name of God when some idiots decided to kill innocent people in an attempt to stop the advancement of western technology. The leader of the faceless cult Boko Haram was “accidentally” killed in a crossfire by the Nigerian Military. Found in his possession were 6 or more different cellular phones… the same technology he was fighting to abolish!

A friend once proudly told me that he knows Nigerians could be fraudsters, con artists, drug peddlers, 419s but that “they will never blow themselves up.” Those were the good old days before Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, a privileged son of a wealthy Nigerian decided to upgrade Nigerian CV to include international terrorism when he attempted to blow up flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit in the name of Allah. What a shame!

There is no ideological justification for strapping explosives in your underwear; just plain craziness and stupidity. AbdulMutallab can now meet his 70 virgins without his balls! Since he has successfully castrated himself, he should be a beautiful bride to his fellow inmate Richard Reid, the shoe-bomber. Underwear bomber meets shoe bomber.

The fact that he still has any teeth left speaks volume about American kindness. Were that to be in Nigeria, there would have been rubber tires around his neck and his burnt corpse deposited along the road. Better still, his body would have been ridden by “accidental discharge” by the Nigerian Police.

May be religion is not the problem after all, just a few deranged criminals using the name of God to commit atrocities. Food for thought.

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That is a good piece Angela. Congrats! Am happy you found the answer to the question in your last paragraph. And one thing is sure - that if atleast 35% of nigerian women are enlightened (as can be deduced from your contribution)as you are, then we can be sure that marginalization of women can be totally eradicated in the nigerian society
A really good one. You remind me of the words of Malcom X: " Christianity is an instrument of subjugation coated with religious ornaments and sanctimonious rhetorics, to delude the level headed... "
This is a good one, relgion is not evil In the recent attempt attack on the Americans by AbdulMutallab Farouk and the other suicide bomber in Lagos Seyi, if u asked me I will say that these young men has been conceiving this evil in their an opportunity came for that to do justice to their plans but unfortunately they were trapped, that is God for u.

Seyi in his comments said it was because of joblessness that led him to the act but how come the only thing he could think of learning from the internet was how to make explosives. There is one thing for sure that our God is still alive and nemesis has already started catching up on the evil doers and they will not score free.
Religion by itself is not evil, it's some of the people practicing Religion that are evil. Politics and regionalism have been always an integral part of every Religion, but difference in religious practice seems to be leading to a clash of civilization on the international level. And in the case of Nigeria, ethno-hatred and fanaticism have corrupted the practice of Religion resulting in unnecessary and extreme violence against innocent people. How do we deal with that?
Angela Ofomola, You should be really ashamed of yourself! This is plagiarism at its best, and people go to jail for this. You completely lifted an article written by Dr Olufowobi Gbadebo and took credit for this. That is called stealing and it is very disgraceful. It is one thing to share articles with friends but give credit to the original author; it is another thing to steal and claim credit I will suggest you pull this down immediately or face legal actions Thanks. Fowobi Gbadebo, MD.
Sorry, but this article was written by someone else and stolen by Angela. The original author is Dr Fowobi Gbadebo.

Agwazia Chris said:
That is a good piece Angela. Congrats! Am happy you found the answer to the question in your last paragraph. And one thing is sure - that if atleast 35% of nigerian women are enlightened (as can be deduced from your contribution)as you are, then we can be sure that marginalization of women can be totally eradicated in the nigerian society
Sorry, but Angela did not write this article. This is plagiarism at its best.

Valentine Chinonso Onyemachi said:
A really good one. You remind me of the words of Malcom X: " Christianity is an instrument of subjugation coated with religious ornaments and sanctimonious rhetorics, to delude the level headed... "
Sorry, but Angela did not write this article. This is called plagiarism. It is stealing and people go to jail for this.

UWADIA OROBOSA said:
This is a good one, relgion is not evil In the recent attempt attack on the Americans by AbdulMutallab Farouk and the other suicide bomber in Lagos Seyi, if u asked me I will say that these young men has been conceiving this evil in their an opportunity came for that to do justice to their plans but unfortunately they were trapped, that is God for u.

Seyi in his comments said it was because of joblessness that led him to the act but how come the only thing he could think of learning from the internet was how to make explosives. There is one thing for sure that our God is still alive and nemesis has already started catching up on the evil doers and they will not score free.
Rather shameful indeed. Angela, What you have done here is very decietful and very embarrasing to say the least. You did no write this article and you know it. Why did you copy and paste an article that is someone else's brain child? do you have any idea how long it took him to come up with this article? This is a crab mentality if I can say so. You need to pull this article down one way or another or give credit where credit is due. If you found the article that interesting that you had to share it, you should have cited the fact that someone emailed it to you and left the name of the original author on the article. In the first place, you had no right to post the article without the permission of the original author, secondly, you have no idea what he wanted to do with the article. My advise is that you pull the article down from your page and let everyone know that you did not write the article but that you someone emailed to you. If you do not do the right thing, you will be messing with legal actions.
wooow!! not your idea!!! However, you have really made a nice contribution in the house. The issue here has to do with the kind of nation we found ourselves and the nature of souls in this nation. Maybe, poverty has contributed to it, but the problem is in the nature of mankind. With time we get to be wiser!!!
Well, there's really no need to crucify Angela for bringing this topic to those who may not have had the opportunity to read about it. Yes, credit needs to be given to the original author, but supposing it's an oversight in her eagerness to get the message out. I don't think Angela supplied the information for any prize award or any reward for that matter. I believe her intention was to throw out a good topic that will inspire many participants. She doesn't deserve to be condemned but to be reminded of the need to acknowledge the sources of any topic/info/message she brings to the forum.

On the other hand, maybe many people are not aware of the need to acknowledge somebody else's work, though we assume that everybody is conversant with what plagiarism is. Plagiarism is tantamount to stealing, and we all know the consequences of such an offense. This should be a lesson or reminder for all members.
Religion is not evil, it is suppose to be away of life. Religious teachings are suppose to act as a guard for its adherent and ensure peaceful coexistence of the human race. But individuals due to their selfish desire misinterprets this teaching thereby misleading majority of the populace and thus perpetrate evil under the guise of religion. The onus is on parents and good religious leaders to properly indoctrinate their children, wards and followers on the true teachings so as to prevent them from the evil doers who may want to use them as instrument of destruction.

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