Bill Maher on the criticism he’s received for his views on religion, his film, Religulous, specifically.
Ok, what about the people who do all those things with non-reliogious motivations? Or how about religious people that don’t do any of those things?
I’m sorry if people use religion to manipulate others…like some people do with patriotism or violence or money…
The key word being people. There is no religion that actually advocates any of the things mentioned unless they have been manipulate by people with agendas.
Because even if we some day live in that “perfect world” without religion, I assume we still want to live by a lot of the same conclusions most religions have come to way beforehand.
By bluntly equating religion with all those things…That’s like some guy dying because he wouldn’t take his medicine, when the label on the bottle clearly says ‘it’s a bad idea not to take this’ …
And all you have to say is, ”Well how good could it have been if he didn’t want to take it any.”
Yes, but without religion, these people wouldn’t have either the excuse of “God commanded me” to fall back on, or, in the case of the Catholics, a massive system that can actually impede justice in your favor. Without religion, these people would not have any of that, and they also wouldn’t have people defending their actions because, “they’re a good Christian/Muslim/Whatever”. Just because removing one factor wouldn’t stop the problem as a whole, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t still remove that one factor if it would help.
Edit: Also, Religions have and do endorse these things. Read the bible every once in a while CR. Slavery is in there.
Slavery was a different institution back then. You could be a slave if you fell into debt and had to work your way out of it.
So basically, if you have to keep going to a “Pay Loan” place week after week, your a slave.
And there are commandments against just snatching people up and selling them:
“Whoever steals a man and sells him, and anyone found in possession of him, shall be put to death.” Exodus 21:16
Without religion people would have their excuses. People always make an excuse. Using the example of slavery: Aristotle argued in no uncertain terms that certain people are inherantly subbordinate, in particular what he reffered to as “Barbarians” and thus it was only natural that they be enslaved.
This was supposedly a cocnlusion reached through reason and observation. Not based on some almighty authority.
More recently there has been bullshit genetics and darwinism to claim one race’s superiority over another. It happens all the time. People genuinely believe that black americans are gentically predisposed to crime and ignorance.
There’s always a need for people to somehow be superior. This feeds into religion, not the other way around. Whatever authority is fashionable at the time whether it be word of god, human, or nature will be twisted in some way to benefit one group over another. And we listen because we’re too scared to argue or we love the idea that we’re better and as much as we value rationality, we are supremeley irrational creatures.