originally posted by: canucks555
"We have to stop saying, 'Well we should not insult a great religion,'" Maher continued. "First of all, there are no great religions.
They're all stupid and dangerous. And we should insult them. "
Religion is a set of ideas, ideals, thoughts tenets and beliefs. Inanimate. Like a gun, it has no power of its own and can do no damage. Blaming
"religion" takes the responsibility away from blaming the PEOPLE who commit acts in the name of their religion.
For example, Christianity used to be about loving, helping, caring, forgiveness and self-assessment. PEOPLE have twisted it and made it into a warped
set of beliefs about controlling others' choices, controlling the political landscape, hatred, nonacceptance, judgment and war. The religion didn't
change, the PEOPLE, who claim to be following a religion, absconded it and use it to further their own personal biases, judgments, hatreds and fears.
It's the PEOPLE who make religion what it is.
When someone kills in the name of religion, it's important to realize that they actually are NOT following the religion they're hiding behind,
whether it be in a terrorist attack or by waging a war in a foreign country.
The only way to have religion and live in a polite society is to get ALL religion OUT of government. People shouldn't be able to USE their religion
to control others
, as we see in the US today with LEGAL restrictions on abortion, marriage equality, and birth control, etc.
The government is at fault for allowing religions to lobby them and control our laws. The government should be keeping religion in its place: The home
and the church. If that were the case, we'd know more freedom. Freedom of religion does not mean freedom to take action against things that don't
agree with your religion.
Insulting a religion (or anything) is a matter of free speech, and I fully support that. Government shouldn't interfere except to keep the
"insulted" from physical retaliation.
But society will always have religion. Kept in its place, it's a fine structure that many people depend upon and receive benefits from. There's no
reason to abolish it. But when we let it control our society (as we are seeing more and more with the right-wing control of government) that's when
we have the kind of problems we have today.