Monday, January 30, 2006

Before it becomes illegal...

... I should like to point out that I think religions, all of them, are a pack of lies. A very stupid and dangerous pack of lies, which for centuries have resulted in the oppression of women, of the poor and of homosexuals, and continue to do so. It is outrageous that subscribers to a set of illogical unscientific supernatural beliefs should be protected in this way while misogyny and homophobia go largely unchecked in society.

I think the bill should be changed. I'd accept the whole thing with just one little adjustment. The definition of "religion" should be changed to include only a set of beliefs which include the idea that followers should give their money and wealth to the poor and live frugally. Most major religions include this admirable ideal. Only persons who adhere to this component of their religious beliefs would be protected.


Blogger Richard Gibson said...

Gilbert and George were on R4 last week doing a pretty good job of attacking organised religion. They had some good points. Did you hear it?

8:53 pm  
Blogger lost clown said...

That is very scary indeed. And I believe wholeheartedly with your entire post.

11:34 pm  
Blogger staghounds said...

Be honest, various religions have also been responsible for lots and lots of very good things.

But there is no reason that calling a belief/opinion/superstition a "religion" should provide it with special protection in our world any more.

2:54 pm  

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