May 3, 2011

Bin Laden: Religion is a Conduit to Evil

Name one moral action performed by a
nonbeleiver.  Now, can you name
a hideous, moral act
undertaken because of faith?
You've already thought of one.
Now you thought of another.
You'll keep thinking of them.
By Francis Nye

Osama bin Laden is dead.  It is an oddity when people gather together and celebrate the death of an individual.  In this case it is completely understandable.  Bin Laden was such an odious person he is deserving of the world’s repugnant feelings toward him.  But let’s not loose site about what this is really all about, religion.  This man used the religion of Islam to garner people’s hatred and direct it at the innocent around the world.  People he vilified as being kifir or infidels.  Bin Laden’s true motives may or may not have been religious in nature.  Never the less he used religion just the same to create an atmosphere of fear and hatred toward his fellow humans.   In most if not all case he and his cohorts never met their victims.  And this is the true power of religion.  The power to judge whole swaths of people without regard for them as individuals.  The power to get others to commit mass murder on gargantuan scales in the guise of justice.  The power to create and maintain an “us verse them dynamic”.

Let’s face it.  No sane person would take over a plane and fly it into a building unless the reward was enormous and justified; in the case of Islam, 72 virgins in paradises.  No person in their right mind would strap a bomb to them and detonate it in a public area unless their cause was viewed as righteous.  The real enemy here is not Osama bin Laden but religion itself. 

Steven Weinbergan, American theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate in Physics wrote, “Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you'd have good people doing good things and evil people doing bad things, but for good people to do bad things, it takes religion.”

The President of the United States, Barack Obama appeared on national television a few nights ago.  In his speech to the world he reminded everyone that the United States is not at war with Islam.  However, in reality that is exactly who we are at war with.  We are at war with religious extremists and in this case with Wahhabism, a branch of Sunni Islam.  These people want nothing short of the extermination of every man, woman, and child of the United States.  All this because they see us as a threat to their values, their way of life, their religion.

Religion does at time have some pearls of wisdom even though it is so vile in nature.  Buddha once said, “Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings -- that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.”

If more people would take heed to the words of Buddha then less violence would be perpetrated in this world.  Too often religions; all religions have been nothing more than conduits for a few people to bring their agendas of hate to fruition.  Bottom line -The world needs to shed the heavy oppressive cloak of religion in order to follow their own hearts in their quest for peace and enlightenment. To stop being used by mad men bent on destruction.

What are your thoughts on this situation?  Please let me know below in the comment section.

See the video below:  Jesus - The Revenge.  Even the Christians want in on the act of killing.

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