It's time to recognise religion for the potential, if not probable, hooey
it is. Time to tie it down and let adults run the place for a while.
I don't know how anyone could argue with the sentiments expressed in this
article with the exception of one odd sentence:"From all walks
of life and backgrounds, we are taught the basic “golden rule” of
ethics toward our fellow man, yet many may feel intimidated or wary of
expressing such in public behavior."Has this really been
anyone’s experience? I could understand if we were talking about
expressing specific (and perhaps a bit nutty) religious beliefs or doctrines,
but the "golden rule" has been universally taught by religions as well
as secular teachers and philosophers throughout history. How could anyone
possibly think speaking about or practicing it was in any way strange? That small bit of "persecuted religious people" hyperbole aside,
this essay is a nice reminder to us all of this universal truism.
It is truly wonderful to be a believer. The joy of believing there will be a
better life makes us forget that this life is not fair and allows us to share
our happiness with others whether they earn it or not. It is
unfortunate that the God of the non-believer has put so much questioning and
doubt in the minds of some of us. And deprived us of the joy accorded the
believers. The author alludes that the good things that people do
are due to religious influences and therefore religion is given credit.
However, it is quite possible that good things are done by non-believers at
about the same rate as the believers. So is it right or wrong to
claim credit for good found in the natural human being?