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Friday, February 01, 2008

Are Humans Intelligent Enough for Religion?

Believe it or not, I am not being flip. I see almost daily new atrocities and stupidities done in the name of religion and it truly sickens me. About the only religion that isn’t participating in one way or another seems to be Buddhism. Almost every religion other than Buddhism seems to think killing in the name of their god is the way to do things. Islam (the religion of peace), Christianity (There is no greater commandment than this: Love your brother), Hinduism, you name it, all seem to be bent on destroying their version of heathens.

Islam used to be the most enlightened religion of its day, encouraging learning, thinking and acceptance, now I suspect its Phophet wouldn’t recognize it. The atrocities done in the name of Christianity over the centuries are many, as are those being done right now both by and to Christians. All of this raises my original question in the title of this blog: Are humans intelligent enough for religion?

It seems humans in general can’t help twisting even the most enlightened teachings to meet their own twisted logic. Of course more at fault are the pathetic followers who swallow teachings of monsters as whole and good even when in their heart of hearts (one hopes) they know it is drivel.

The latest example is the story of Sayed Pervez Kambaksh, a student in Afghanistan who shared an article he had read about women’s rights with some friends, was turned in, and now faces a death sentence. Yes, that is right, a death sentence, for daring to read and show his friends an article on women’s rights. If you find this as wrong as I do, sign the digital petition at www.independent.co.uk/petition maybe they will listen if enough of the world stands up to them.
Prove that we are smart enough for religion, take it back from those who twist it to their own means.