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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Precious Okoye said:
To all those who knw that wat Angela did is called plagiarism, Angela may not knw the importance of acknowleding sources but it doesnt give F G the impetus 2 condemn ha d way he did. U F G may hav at a time done d same thing. Besids i hav neva c** across d article but i did. We all went 2 skul but dont make it sound as if u r d only elite here. U may think u embarrassd Angela but knw dis that u also did same 2 urself. U shld hav told ha privately or politely nt makin it sound epileptic. Note dis F G and Co.

Hi all

I thought that this thread is dead?

Anyways going by the defnition of religion by "Clifford Geertz"

"Religion is a cultural system that creates powerful and long-lasting meaning, by establishing symbols that relate humanity to beliefs and values"

Then religion is not evil. period.


I posted a Blog - Religion & Politics Are The Two Most Evil Creation By Man in March 2011. You can check it out on this page. This is from my book  "SHINE YOUR EYES MAMA AFRICA". You may be able to read some excerpts from the book on the Internet if you google it. Regards

 

 


Edwin Aka said:

Hi all

I thought that this thread is dead?

Anyways going by the defnition of religion by "Clifford Geertz"

"Religion is a cultural system that creates powerful and long-lasting meaning, by establishing symbols that relate humanity to beliefs and values"

Then religion is not evil. period.

Hi Gavin

Every aspect of human endeavor there is a benefit.  The key is to have a clear paradigm shift. Avoid excess.

It all comes down to rationality .. As a boy growing up in Extreme religions Catholic church. There are down sides like

the fear of Hell and the profit of heaven..  But there are also the good side.. like the social work.. feeding the poor helping the elderly . 

The issue here is the excess..  Beer is good.. but if your drink too much it is bad for your health .. 

Now I replace my morning prayers with Yoga and meditation.. and I still feel the same..

too much of everything is bad, be it religion, sex, music, love, money... etc..

 

I guess the understanding depends on the level of education..

 


GAVIN BOND said:


I posted a Blog - Religion & Politics Are The Two Most Evil Creation By Man in March 2011. You can check it out on this page. This is from my book  "SHINE YOUR EYES MAMA AFRICA". You may be able to read some excerpts from the book on the Internet if you google it. Regards

 

 


Edwin Aka said:

Hi all

I thought that this thread is dead?

Anyways going by the defnition of religion by "Clifford Geertz"

"Religion is a cultural system that creates powerful and long-lasting meaning, by establishing symbols that relate humanity to beliefs and values"

Then religion is not evil. period.

Well reasoned! I wished our peoples could reason like you; instead of sticking to their brainwashed views. You have seen the light because you have been enlightened, unlike most of them! Almighty One Lives and for me, that is NATURE!

Edwin Aka said:

Hi Gavin

Every aspect of human endeavor there is a benefit.  The key is to have a clear paradigm shift. Avoid excess.

It all comes down to rationality .. As a boy growing up in Extreme religions Catholic church. There are down sides like

the fear of Hell and the profit of heaven..  But there are also the good side.. like the social work.. feeding the poor helping the elderly . 

The issue here is the excess..  Beer is good.. but if your drink too much it is bad for your health .. 

Now I replace my morning prayers with Yoga and meditation.. and I still feel the same..

too much of everything is bad, be it religion, sex, music, love, money... etc..

 

I guess the understanding depends on the level of education..

 


GAVIN BOND said:


I posted a Blog - Religion & Politics Are The Two Most Evil Creation By Man in March 2011. You can check it out on this page. This is from my book  "SHINE YOUR EYES MAMA AFRICA". You may be able to read some excerpts from the book on the Internet if you google it. Regards

 

 


Edwin Aka said:

Hi all

I thought that this thread is dead?

Anyways going by the defnition of religion by "Clifford Geertz"

"Religion is a cultural system that creates powerful and long-lasting meaning, by establishing symbols that relate humanity to beliefs and values"

Then religion is not evil. period.

Religion in itself is not evil, but most people that practice Religion are evil.

THAT IS CORRECT. RELIGION IS THE METHOD BY WHICH PEOPLE SERVE/WORSHIP THEIR GODS. FAITH HAS BEEN CONFUSED WITH RELIGION AND THAT IS WHERE THE PROBLEM IS.

IT IS LIKE PDP IS YOUR RELIGION HENCE YOU BELONG TO THE PDP MOVEMENT AND YOU WANT TO KEEP ENLARGING YOUR MEMBERSHIP BASE.

THIS IS WHAT RELIGION IS, WITH THE DIFFERENT FAITHS TRYING TO ENLARGE THEIR MEMBERSHIP BASE; IT IS A MOVEMENT JUST LIKE POLITICAL PARTIES AND IT IS EXPLAINED IN THE BLOG I POSTED ABOUT IT, WHERE YOU WILL SEE THE SIMILARITY. 

Kate Ayakor said:

Religion in itself is not evil, but most people that practice Religion are evil.


As many of us have agreed in this forum, that religion is not evil, it was a very good decision.

I hope that each and everyone of us can take responsibility for our action, and do the right thing in our daily life.

 

 

 


GAVIN BOND said:


I posted a Blog - Religion & Politics Are The Two Most Evil Creation By Man in March 2011. You can check it out on this page. This is from my book  "SHINE YOUR EYES MAMA AFRICA". You may be able to read some excerpts from the book on the Internet if you google it. Regards

 

 


Edwin Aka said:

Hi all

I thought that this thread is dead?

Anyways going by the defnition of religion by "Clifford Geertz"

"Religion is a cultural system that creates powerful and long-lasting meaning, by establishing symbols that relate humanity to beliefs and values"

Then religion is not evil. period.

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