I know Christians who don’t follow any of the immoral doctrines and tenets in the Bible. Unfortunately, many don’t realise the irony that their extremely selective cherry-picking technically puts them closer to deism than theism (Christianity). Organized religion, no matter how well-intentioned, wlll always lead to immoral, inhumane acts being done by humans to humans in the name of the Abrahamic deity (Yahweh/God/Allah). Witness the world today; no better than the world of 2000 or even 4000 years ago in terms of intolerance and brutality for the sake of religion. In the words of Chris Morris: It’s a strong-feelings kidney, whichever way you slice it.
These are my views, and I’m proud to share them rather than hide behind a curtain of apathetic pretense, even if doing so may damage any future sucess I have as a writer.
I don’t hate Christians; I despise bigots, murderers and rapists. The unfortunate truth is that these are the ones who shout the loudest and are heard across the world. It’s often atheists – unbiased towards any of the faith systems – who have to stand up to these people. I wish, just once in a while, the extremists’ fellow “moderate” believers would rise up and flush the zealots out of their flock. Sure, Christians are currently taking action against Muslims, but where do you see Christians standing against fellow Christians? Or moderate Muslims against extremist Muslms? Nowhere, because moderates don’t stand a chance against such terror. They cower in submission, and usually wind up dead.
What the world needs is a peaceful unity, but such will never be realised while there are so many religious and non-religious factions. Humanity has always thrived on conflict within itself, regardless of how many of us would like to turn blind eyes to the sickening truth. Religion is not good. Believe, by all means, but do so quietly – like some do – without forcing your beliefs on others.
If your fellow Christian is spouting hate against atheists or homosexuals, speak against him. If your fellow Muslim is sawing the heads off children and putting them on sticks, shout your disgust! Silent acceptance is for weak-willed people who are content to let the madness of monsters thrive upon this crowded Earth.