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To ban religion is a fantasy...

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Submitted by Erick S. (Netherlands), Jun 21, 2007 at 19:22

Dear Josh,
Of course I know 'banning religion' is laughable and out of the question...That's why it is so sad...

I just think religion is a thing from the past, a thing for 'them that (still) don't know any better'. This of course is my humble opinion and who the heck am I?! Maybe I'm wrong, I realize this, but I'll see in the end.

I just seriously wonder...I always wonder...There must be a purpose to this worldwide religion-thing. In my opinion (and yours I think because of your reaction) it is just some form of crowd-control. To keep 'the masses' thinking there is something else, maybe even something better...

Isn't it strange that especially in countries that 'we' consider '3th world' or just poor, 95% (my lucky guess) or more of the population believes in a god? They have nothing, will probably never have anything and just are born to die in misery (Ethiopia and so...). How come most people there believe there is a god that will save them from the hell their living in? What salesman has convinced them of this? Stories from their relatives, grandma at a campfire? Some drawings in a cave, a book maybe? How is it possible that they (grown men and woman?!?!) still are waiting for something that will never happen?...Being saved by their god I mean...Or whatever they wish for in their prayers and worships.

My answer: Because 'that idea of a god is all they have..And if you offend all I have I will defend it to the death! Or something like that...

It's the same with saying 'I xxxyour mother last night...' to an armed gangster-rapper in the Bronx...You will probably get a similar reaction from a 'fanatic Christian' or 'fanatic Muslim' when you offend 'his god'. It's just a form of theater, especially when there are more people around to see...I hate that...That stupidity! This is of course a logical result from them (those fanatics) 'living in solitude', in a little village or community...They just don't know how to act with an audience that lives outside that little bulb there in.

I also think those fanatics, that destroy & kill for their god, actually offend their own god. Why do they think they have to take measures? Isn't 'the wrath of their god' or 'the last Judgment' sufficient? Their actual lack of faith irritates me the most...Hasn't any religion you can think of caused destruction and war? And must I believe religion is all about the good and better? Sickening...

Another one...The fact that the Pope is against the use of condoms is only to protect that romantic moment with the indoctrinated kids from sad religious parents on Sunday afternoons...Dirty old man with shaky hands and condoms, do you see it?...So didn't the pope...

And so on...My thoughts are endless when it comes to religion...They never ever made me doubt so far...

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