Why do we think religion is necessary, again?

When it's used to justify setting an eleven-year-old girl on fire, it's probably time for all of us to rethink the "respect" we give to religion, to its practitioners, and particularly to leaders who endorse extremism in its name.

Kill ’em all and let their gods sort ’ em out.

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Comment by Pengiko on July 8, 2009 at 2:35pm
"Kill ’em all and let their gods sort ’ em out." I know in escence the statement is wrong, but it made me laugh so hard! Thanks Warreno ;). It's really frustrating to see how people would claim religion as the reason of their abhorrent behaviors. I wonder if at least deep down inside they know how wrong is what they're doing.
Comment by warreno on October 22, 2008 at 10:47am
If, as Burroughs suggested, language is a virus — can we apply that to religion, and if so, is there an inoculation?

Teaching critical thinking, losing insular upbringing and generally subjecting individuals to an eclectic and variegated culture all seem to help, but there might always be those among us who insist on being absolutely unimpeachably correct about something — a hallmark of all fundamentalism.

So let's get them jobs as accountants and get on with our lives.
Comment by warreno on October 21, 2008 at 8:59pm
That's true. What's more disturbing is how often the two seem to interdigitate — witness priests who rape altar-boys, for instance.

A pox on all their houses.

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