I read where a Massachusetts school first removed the word “god” from the song “God bless the USA” that the students were to sing in a concert, and then deleted the song entirely.
You see more and more of this sort of thing literally every day, where religion, particularly religious symbols and the word “god”, are being banned or removed from schools, colleges and anything government-related.
A lot of people believe that this is Communist inspired, and no doubt some of it is, particularly the government-related part, considering all the Communists that Obama has given high positions to. But I think a large share of this anti-religious behavior is really due to the acceptance of scientific proofs of such things as evolution versus Creationism.
The discovery of other planets and the realization, now, that there may well be billions of Earth-like planets in just our galaxy alone, plus the ongoing search for life in meteorites as well as on the other planets and moons of our solar system, the open acceptance of science now that there is life elsewhere besides Earth and it’s only a matter now of finding it, all this has affected the levels of religious belief in people.
The priests have always claimed that Earth was unique, that God created life here and here only, and did it in seven days. Many ministers have preached that the Earth is only 8000 or 10,000 or some other short number of years old. However, we now know that life took some billions of years to evolve to it’s present state and we know that the Earth itself is billions of years old. Now we know that other life is out there somewhere.
All this reality of science has lifted the veil of superstition from much of humanity, and that really is what most religion is, superstition.
Religion has never done much for us in the long run except to give us reasons to make war. Wars have brought about huge advances in science, it’s true, and the science has given us better ways to make war and less reason to believe in superstition. So religion has aided in its own destruction, to some degree.
I’m not arguing against the existence of a Higher Power, because spirituality is a good thing and an innate part of being human, but I do argue along with the rest against superstitious belief. I think ministers and pastors and priests are all parasites sucking on the rest of us, instilling fear of a wrathful deity and burning in hell and all that utter crap in order to live well from our pious offerings, our tithings, our supplications to appease the angry God and guarantee us a Life In Heaven Forever, yattata yattata, while they lie to us, steal our money and rape our children.
I’m not a believer type. That which exists can be proven to exist. There is no “that which does not exist”. There is only that which does. Period. No one gets Messages From God to give to the rest of us, no one is The Voice of God Speaking Through Me. When one of these preachers stands up and proclaims that “Gawd Spoke To Me, Halleleuja, And Told Me Blah Blah Blah”, right there you have a parasitic liar only out to get your money so he can get even fatter and have even nicer silk suits.
Pat Robertson, Al Sharpton, Ted Haggard, Jesse Jackson, Paul Barnes, D.E. (Earl) Paulk, Jimmy Swaggert, Jim Bakker, William Dodd and too many others to possibly mention have all been involved in scandals. Joel Osteen is pulling in $100 million a year but at least he almost never mentions God, he mostly talks about sending him money and how people should love each other and just get along and send him money.
Nope. If you want to believe that your life won’t actually end when it ends and you want to give money to someone who reinforces that superstitious belief that has never, ever been proven and never will be, groove out. You have my blessing, Praise The Lord.
Tithings are accepted.
Oh, and if this post doesn’t make me wildly popular with the Christian Far Right, then I give up. But hey, I sure tried.