Religion is a very controversial subject at the best of times. It is also one which I usually avoid, mainly because I have no desire to listen to people who follow a book (whichever one you choose) blindly, without questioning the stupidity inside. See it’s starting already. I’ve probably offended enough people with that one sentence. But that’s not the point of this post.
I’m happy to leave people to follow whatever they want, as long as they don’t push their views on me. But when I see stories like the one I’ve just come across, I feel sick.
We’ve all seen stories about honour killings, different branches of the same religion fighting each other (I’ve never understood that), and the horrible creatures who used their religion as an excuse to brutally murder a soldier.
But this story really touched me because it’s so heartbreaking. They didn’t do anything out of hate, in fact they were filled with love, and they thought they we’re doing the best for their son. – Just Because He Breathes: Learning to Truly Love Our Gay Son. It’s not my place to comment on this story, other than to say that my heart goes out to them. I can’t even imagine what the family is going through, or what Ryan went through.
It brings up the question, what is religion doing to future generations? I naively thought as a child that I could ignore religion because I didn’t believe in it, and it wouldn’t affect me. But now I truly believe that it is a dangerous thing.
I watched a documentary a while ago on this subject and thought it was going a bit too far. But over the years I’ve come to realise why religion scares people. It has caused so much conflict over countless years – as if people need another excuse to fight.
I also watched a documentary years ago when I was at college, called Jesus Camp, which really disturbed me. There were children in tears while praying and asking for forgiveness. All I could think at the time was what could these children have done at that age that could be seen as a sin? Who would put their child through that? (You can watch it for free here)
In theory religion could be a good thing. It can bring comfort to people who have lost someone. It should help to teach children right from wrong. But it obviously doesn’t work that way in practice.
In this world of science and common sense (most of us) we should be able to teach our children right from wrong without making them follow a story book. That’s all it is really. In fact there are so many other books that can teach them about morals and life, without forcing them to ‘believe’.
I’d rather read Peppa Pig to my little cousins than The Bible.
Why should we be haunted by what comes after death? Because that’s all it’s about. We should be able to enjoy life, and as long as our morals stay in tact, we should be able to die peacefully when our time comes without worrying that we may burn in eternal hellfire.
I know it would be stupid to think that we can ban religion all together. Religion has been around as long as people. It would just never work to attempt to cut it out. But something needs to be done to take away its power.
Just to clarify, by religion I mean ALL religion. I’m not picking on any religion in particular.