I’ll always stand by your right to believe in whatever religion you want, but will you stand by my right to believe that all religion has a lot of unhealthy beliefs?
Religion keeps us compliant
Religion has always been the most powerful way of making people compliant. Living in Quebec, our history is very clear on the role of religion in the early days of settlement/invasion. Religion tries to condition our way of living and thinking. This is why we must keep the critical spirit and have the courage to denounce.
If religion taught love and mutual help, why so much opacity? All throughout history religion has been used as the most powerful weapon of genocide and destruction known to mankind. I’m Metis. My family was deported, kept in prison camps. They tried to get rid of us and failed.
Religion grew through cultural appropriation
When one confronts religions with historical facts, one understands that they are false constructions. Religions are built on lies and grows by cultural appropriation. Example: Yule is now referred as Christmas.
Jesus wasn’t white
Jesus was brown-skinned. Most icon images show him has being very white with blue eyes. While there is no physical description of him in the Bible, there is also no doubt that the historical Jesus, the man who was executed by the Roman State in the first century CE, was a brown-skinned, Middle Eastern Jew. Historical fact show that a lot of religion has been white-washed.
Religion fear educated women
The symbol of educated women (pointy hats) has become the symbol of witchcraft at Halloween. Witch hunts were about eliminating educated women and turning them into obedient little girls.
Do you understand where belly buttons come from?
Most illustration and depiction of Adam and Eve shows them with belly button. The only way you get one of them is if you are born from a woman and they cut the umbilical cord.
An illusion that soothes
Unfortunately, many love this illusory world where they lose themselves.
It’s not all bad, as religion permitted my ex-mother-in-law to get out of her drug addiction and replace it with religious obsession. It does make her a better grandmother. I simply wish she could achieve a healthy lifestyle without loosing herself in this world.
None the less, we should therefore actively campaign for religions to be taught at school from a historical perspective.
“You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common, they don’t alter their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views.” – Doctor Who
I respect other people’s right to believe in the religion of their choice as long as it doesn’t hurt others. I don’t respect religion and I don’t have to. Believe in a religion is a choice, not an obligation.