One defense of religion that I constantly hear is, “What about all the good that religion does?” or “Religion provides people with a source of comfort.” While that may be true to a certain degree, it also completely ignores a glaring fact: That no amount of good can negate all of the evil that religion did and continues to do.
Now some people may object to this statement, so allow me to explain it with a metaphor.
What would you say if there was a man who was a murderer, a rapist, a thief, a racist, a sexist, and a homophobe? You’d more than likely say he should be in jail for his crimes. But what if that same man also constantly donated to charities and volunteered at a local soup kitchen? Would their charity and good deeds erase all of the crimes they have committed? Would we give them a free pass? No. So the same standard should apply here.
The bottom line is religion does more harm than good, and no amount of good that it does should abrogate all of the blood that has been shed, all the atrocities that have been committed, and all of the violence and bigotry that is promoted not only by religion but contained within it’s “holy” texts.
Humanity will fare far better when religion ceases to exist, or at least becomes the vast minority in this world.
Religious bigots who are against marriage equality often cite the Bible as their objection. One of their main verses to recite is 1 Corinthians 6:9 (kind of ironic chapter and verse right there, huh? lol).
But let’s take a look at it.
9Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God
So if this is one of the verses that is used to oppose marriage equality (and homosexuality in general) then why aren’t they opposed to fornicators, idolators or thieves getting married? Why aren’t they protesting adulterers, swindlers, and drunkards getting married?
Since when did homosexuality become the “unforgivable sin”?
Recent polls show that 58% of Americans (at least) support marriage equality. 76% of Americans identify as Christian. Those numbers are definitely bound to cross over. Even if the 24% of the population which is not Christian supports marriage equality, that would mean at least 34% of American Christians support it also. It’s time for people to stop using their Bronze Age book of mythology to oppose the rights and freedoms of others.
During slavery times in America, slaves were not permitted to marry. They were only allowed to have “civil unions.” Sound familiar? And at one point in time in America it was illegal in many states for inter-racial couples to get married.
What side of history will people be on when all is said and done on this matter? Religion-based bigotry has to be stopped!
Recently, this article came to my attention (http://freethoughtblogs.com/maryamnamazie/2013/03/21/4-april-2013-international-day-to-defend-amina-she-represents-us/) about a woman from Tunisia named Amina. She posted a picture of herself online baring her naked breasts with Arabic text written on her that says, “[M]y body belongs to me, and is not the source of anyone’s honor.”
Clearly that message was lost on the Muslims. Maybe they don’t read Arabic? Anyhow, as the above article states, “Islamist cleric Adel Almi, president of Al-Jamia Al-Li-Wassatia Tawia Wal-Islah, has called for Amina’s flogging and stoning to death saying Amina’s actions will bring misfortune by causing “epidemics and disasters” and “could be contagious and give ideas to other women…”
Yeah. She may give ideas to other women. Watch out! Other Muslim women in the Middle East may start to realize that their bodies are their own and not owned by some man. But epidemics and disasters? What?! Her breasts are gonna cause a typhoon, earthquake, or hurricane? *eyeroll*
Newsflash, Muslim world: They are called “natural disasters” for a reason. Because they are natural! Therefore, there’s no supernatural cause for them. They happen as a result of nature. A woman baring her breasts, two women kissing, two men adopting a child, or a teenager eating a bacon sandwich after getting a tattoo while listening to a Marilyn Manson CD is not gonna cause a natural disaster. I promise!
I tell ya, for a bunch of people who claim that their religious text is full of science, they sure are ignorant of science. Naked breasts don’t cause hurricanes. But let me guess, we can’t prove that they don’t, huh? LOL