~o~The New Religion~o~
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Yet another story has come out into the public view where out in some rural community, the children are being cut off from the outside world and regularly beaten and abused. What could possibly cause such a thing to happen? Are the parents mentally unfit? Is there a history of abuse? Well, what makes this and a number of other similar cases so disturbing is that the driving force behind these people is their love of god! According to the official reports, the ďparenting methodsĒ of the accused were based on a literal misinterpretation of various passages from the bible.
Being from a fairly isolated community myself, I can honestly tell you that the interference of irrelevant biblo passages into our daily routines at the hands of fanatics is a serious pain in the @$$! Not a day goes by where you donít here someone rant about closing the mall on sunday, legitimate medical research is frequently criticized as the devilís work, and quite frankly, Iíve had it up to here with religious homophobia!
Religions are outdated, itís an archaic concept that, in principle, may have worked out in itís heyday, but has since been made obsolete by our good friend the television set. No, Iím not talking about Jerry Falwellís old gospel hour tv program, Iím talking about the global media. Somewhere down the line, the vast majority of an entire generation went from going to church to feel spiritually uplifted, to watching televisions programs, and when you get right down to it, whatís the difference anyways? You sit your butt on a couch and listen to people on television tell stories that usually end with some kind of moral lesson. Television programs have theme songs for you to sing along with, and a slew of characters and situations which we can relate to our own everyday life.
And much like religion, people have been known to misinterpret what they see on television and do all kinds of s~t~u~p~i~d things in itís wake, the big difference being that with television, you can write letters and campaign to have the content changed. Could you imagine someone trying to get all the sex and violence out of the good book? Weíd call them nutbars!
Also, television can be laden with warning advising people not to try the dumb things they see on television. Iíd love to see a passage in the bible saying ďWarning, the catholic church is not responsible for any injuries, fatal or otherwise, that are caused by readers who may attempt to walk on water.Ē
I guess the point Iím trying to make with all this is that perhaps organised religion was a good idea back when 90% of the population were illiterate, starving and blissfully unaware of their own place in the universe, but the human race has since evolved and become more intelligent (in a way) and if religion wantís to keep itís place as the moral centre of the human race, their gonna have to seriously consider changing their entire ideal system, because between tv, radio, the internet, the associated press and the many moral crusades of U2ís Bono, the church has some serious competition. And a 2000 year old book just doesnít cut it in the modern world anymore.
The thing's hollow - it goes on forever - and - oh my god! - It's full of stars!