About religion I defer to Carol Shields on “sincerity” in her novel Unless: “Decency? Decency’s over. Decency’s lost whatever edge it had. I will never again be pointlessly, endlessly decent”… about religion.
How can one be decent – not insulting, not crude, not demeaning – about Srebrenica, about 9/11, about Bali, about Gujarat, about Beslan, about Ossetia, about Pantai Jimbaran, about Jos? How can one be decent – not insulting, not crude, not demeaning – about the “Representative of ‘God'”, speaking for roughly half of all Christians, declaring the spitting out of a wafer a worse act than raping a child? How can one be decent – not insulting, not crude, not demeaning – about what happened to Perwez Kambakhsh, to Aisho Ibrahim Dhuhulow, to Rauf Amin, to Gillian Gibbons; to thousands of terror victims?
My intent is to discredit religion in all of its insidious manifestations, of which there are far too many. I will not beat around the bush in exposing its horrors and inanities. I will not be polite or courteous or tolerant. I will pull no punches. The time for kid gloves has passed. I am, in short, inconsolably disgusted with religion.
Much of humanity thinks of religion as a pricelessly bejewelled life vest. It is not. It is a curse – a rank, putrescent, maggoty seagull strung with a garrotte around the neck of shipwrecked humanity, dragging it ever further down.
I make no apology for being contemptuous. Religion must go. Here I stand. I can do no other.
Says Sam Harris: “… certain beliefs are so lacking in merit that there should be no question of our ‘respecting’ them. People who claim to be certain about things they cannot be certain about should meet resistance in our discourse. This happens quite naturally on every subject but religion. For instance, a person who believes that Elvis is still alive is very unlikely to get promoted to a position of great power and responsibility in our society. Neither will a person who believes that the holocaust was a hoax. But people who believe equally irrational things about God and the Bible (Jesus lives!; evolution is nonsense!) are now running our country. This is genuinely terrifying. We must find a way of criticizing and marginalizing bad ideas, even when they come under the cloak of religion.” (My parentheses.)
Although we can hardly hope for a society in which formal organized religion is rejected, I contend, in deference to A.N. Wilson, that we can at least stop behaving as if religion is worthy of our collective respect. With my tart remarks I show religion and its bespoke god the middle finger. I do so in language that clearly indicates my contempt for religion.
said Douglas Adams, in an interview with David Silverman: “It’s easier to say that I am a radical Atheist, just to signal that I really mean it, have thought about it a great deal, and that it’s an opinion I hold seriously. It’s funny how many people are genuinely surprised to hear a view expressed so strongly.”
After a week (week 3 of 2009) in which the shenanigans of religion had me at a loss for words to indicate my disgust, I drafted a new banner for this blog to draw attention to my quest.
It was a miserable failure for rage.
Up stepped a regular contributor and correspondent, Con-Tester. The cover statement is his work and I thank him for a striking message.
It is always advisable seek the council of others. It is important that we talk, because we have only each other and if we ever are to rid our world of this bane religion, we shall have to stand together.