Fundamentalist religion is a problem that is not going away.
Holy wars and the oppression that religion once ruled with is still thriving in many parts of the world.
Religion was created by man just a few thousand years ago, and served several purposes.
The rich have always been good at keeping themselves rich, and the poor oppressed, and religion was used as a tool for this.
The Catholic Church is one of the richest organizations in the world, and still today it asks for donations from congregations across the world, guilt tripping some of the poorest people to give ‘what they can afford’ to the holy cause.
It also served a purpose to explain many of the phenomenon that happens on earth and in the sky that science simply did not have the answer for.
Thankfully we now have answers to many of the questions that once tormented the human race. Documented religious mysteries such as the ‘sky dancing’ and ‘changing color’ we now know are the product of astronomical changes.
While the scientific world evolves at a triumphant rate, there are fundamentalists who outright refuse to accept fact as that, and will not let their minds be changed.
As Frank Schaeffer, New York Times best selling author puts it:
“…It’s no accident that the most dangerous cultures today are also the most religiously observant societies. The ultra-religiously observant USA embraces perpetual war as a way of life. With our notion of “exceptionalism,” we fear the “other” who might challenge our notion of having been chosen by God for some special task….”
“The religions and tribalism of those who threaten the world the most – Iran, the state of Israel, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, the Vatican and the USA – is small, inward looking and backward. It’s time to tell the truth and say that maybe it is possible to love God – if there is such an entity – but it’s not possible to love God and love the sort of tribal exclusionary religions that are taking us all down…”
The human mind can be an extraordinarily powerful thing. People are willing to die, as we see on a daily basis with the jihadists giving their lives in the name of ‘Islam’ based on nothing more than religious conjecture.
The desire to believe something that you want to believe can be even more powerful that cold hard fact. And its not going away.
You might think that the evolution of science would enlighten the mind, to be relieved that we finally have answers to many of the secrets of the universe, but to some it turns a different result.
An unwillingness to accept scientific fact makes them run and hide even further within the safety blanket of ‘religion’ that they have created for themselves.
Frank Schaeffer: How to Stop Being a Fundamentalist Evangelical Christian
Hitchens and Hirsi Ali on Political Islam
RWW News: Glenn Beck Has 10,000 Pastors Willing To Die Resisting Anti-Christian Persecution