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Blaming Religion for the Evils of the World is Like Blaming Science for Pollution, Nuclear Fallout and Global Warming

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 Swami Vivekananda once said that if one looks closely at history, one will find that all of the horrors generally attributed to religion were really political in nature. Yet, it's interesting that we never hear politics being excoriated for the world's ills as we often do religion.

 The primary message of all of the world's major religions (and most of the minor ones) is love, faith, charity and non-violence. Leo Tolstoy spent most of his later years preaching and attempting to live by Christ's teaching which he thought was central to his life and mission: "Resist not evil":

Matt 5:38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:

Matt 5:39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Matt 5:40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have [thy] cloak also.

Matt 5:41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

Matt 5:42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

 If certain (many in fact) individuals have twisted the teachings of the great religions for the sake of money and power, whose fault is that? To blame this on "Religion" is no different from blaming the evils and nightmares which are the by product of modern technology on "Science". The fact of the matter is: all of the great evil ever done in the world can be traced to individuals either ignoring or outright mocking values which are at the heart of religion, i.e. ethics and morality.

 In addition, Noam Chomsky has pointed out that all of our great social movements from the abolition of slavery, to women's suffrage, to the Civil Rights Act have had their origin, and primary support, in the country's churches and synogogues.

 While it's easy to look ar historical events superficially and blame the Inquisition or the Holocaust, for example- ad infinitum - on religion, this is generally done by people who either never felt the need to live a religious life, or simply felt that they lacked the character to do so.

 But to blame the religion of Rama, Krishna, Plato, Jesus, Newton, J.S. Bach, Tolstoy, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr...  is a downright sin.

 

I am an aspiring mystic with a bit of experience in sales/marketing, currently living in the New York metro area with my books, candles & more books. I believe we, as a civilization, have reached the low ebb of an entire cycle (see "Hindu Yugas" & (more...)
 
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swami_Vivekananda. An... by M. Wizard on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 9:39:26 AM
So why is it not satisfying? (And no fair saying ... by GLloyd Rowsey on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 11:10:23 AM
as well as the latter: I'm not exactly sure what i... by M. Wizard on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 12:09:13 PM
With all due respect, MW's assessment is quite sim... by Stuart Chisholm on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 1:58:13 PM
As far as I know, Soviets, Mao, Campuchean Pol Pot... by BFalcon on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 2:31:19 PM
in the Extreme...If Hitler was not a religious per... by Ryan Hoffman on Monday, Feb 7, 2011 at 5:54:13 PM
Extreme, a truly knowledgeable person saves me. I ... by BFalcon on Wednesday, Feb 9, 2011 at 6:52:58 AM
"Goebbels notes in a diary entry in 1939 a convers... by BFalcon on Wednesday, Feb 9, 2011 at 7:09:33 AM
The challenge with religions is that they do not r... by AAA AAA on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 2:06:24 PM
summary of how most atheists/agnostics think. But ... by M. Wizard on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 5:21:48 PM
M Wizard thinks that because I don't accept religi... by AAA AAA on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 10:55:35 PM
You really can't understand why, based on your ori... by M. Wizard on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 11:03:34 PM
I did not disparage or deny belief in god. I state... by AAA AAA on Friday, Feb 4, 2011 at 12:30:00 PM
If we take you at your word, and you do believe in... by John Reed on Thursday, Feb 3, 2011 at 6:58:58 AM
"...it must be a God which has never intervened in... by AAA AAA on Friday, Feb 4, 2011 at 12:34:14 PM
Interesting perhaps, but religion is not something... by Skanner Constant on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 2:19:30 PM
...you broadened your outlook regarding something ... by M. Wizard on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 10:55:43 PM
Ninety eight percent? Where did you get that numb... by AAA AAA on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 10:57:19 PM
When you miss, it is better to miss with a pillow ... by Ned Lud on Thursday, Feb 3, 2011 at 5:52:37 AM
"More Americans believe in God than in angels, mi... by M. Wizard on Saturday, Feb 5, 2011 at 8:10:10 AM
Your prior statement said that religion "is of pri... by AAA AAA on Sunday, Feb 6, 2011 at 12:59:34 AM
... which is obviously a figure you made up. I've ... by M. Wizard on Sunday, Feb 6, 2011 at 4:18:55 AM
I said 70% follow one religion or another. And thi... by AAA AAA on Sunday, Feb 6, 2011 at 6:45:30 AM
between believing in God and being religious just ... by M. Wizard on Sunday, Feb 6, 2011 at 1:44:53 PM
The very dictionary definition you provide clearly... by AAA AAA on Sunday, Feb 6, 2011 at 4:21:50 PM
Due to an interesting string of events in my life ... by Adam Smith on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 2:20:29 PM
is Freeman Dyson.And I published an OEN article ab... by GLloyd Rowsey on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 3:24:08 PM
0h there you go....with 'Dicey' again.Wanna play 5... by Ned Lud on Thursday, Feb 3, 2011 at 5:58:13 AM
There is a big difference between organized religi... by Bill Cain on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 3:24:58 PM
... but I wasn't talking about organized religion.... by M. Wizard on Saturday, Feb 5, 2011 at 8:22:51 AM
The concept of Control is not as overt and literal... by Bill Cain on Saturday, Feb 5, 2011 at 11:02:16 AM
How many of those priests are pedophiles?... by AAA AAA on Sunday, Feb 6, 2011 at 1:03:59 AM
It's trendy to atack religions these days. Alot of... by Dar Gary on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 4:20:43 PM
"... the biggest attackers of religion tend to be ... by AAA AAA on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 11:05:20 PM
Over-reacting aren't we? I stand by the Marxist st... by Dar Gary on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 11:20:56 PM
It would be intersting to know the actual statisti... by AAA AAA on Friday, Feb 4, 2011 at 12:41:34 PM
is that Marx "advocated violence" to overthrow the... by BFalcon on Wednesday, Feb 9, 2011 at 7:28:24 AM
Well said! You're right. Too many people exagg... by Don Smith on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 4:23:03 PM
The "Dark Ages" is an exageration of the harm done... by Magistre on Thursday, Feb 3, 2011 at 1:56:56 PM
,,, the "Dark Ages" delayed the Blinding Light of ... by M. Wizard on Friday, Feb 4, 2011 at 12:05:55 AM
Politics, and Religion.Why is the Pope seen in so ... by Debbie S on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 4:55:18 PM
Religion based in rigid dogma IS just another exer... by Donald on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 5:28:17 PM
All humans need to believe in something. They als... by Doc McCoy on Thursday, Feb 3, 2011 at 1:57:35 AM
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I never thought you would ever write anything with... by John Reed on Thursday, Feb 3, 2011 at 7:07:32 AM
...but apparently the stress of thinking this thro... by M. Wizard on Saturday, Feb 5, 2011 at 8:26:42 AM
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Two things people never agree on:Politics, and Rel... by Debbie S on Thursday, Feb 3, 2011 at 11:17:45 AM
Religion (i.e. God) created man and not the other ... by M. Wizard on Saturday, Feb 5, 2011 at 8:36:45 AM
Religious actors do not need a movie to corrut the... by AAA AAA on Sunday, Feb 6, 2011 at 1:13:37 AM
concept of my original posting. " If certain (many... by M. Wizard on Sunday, Feb 6, 2011 at 4:27:30 AM
You state with such confidence completely false in... by AAA AAA on Sunday, Feb 6, 2011 at 6:56:02 AM
and Jesus "disparaged relgion"? Is that a joke? Th... by M. Wizard on Sunday, Feb 6, 2011 at 1:23:24 PM
... you've helped push my posting to close to 60 c... by M. Wizard on Sunday, Feb 6, 2011 at 1:48:53 PM
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M. Wizard is correct. Religion is not the problem.... by E. J. N. on Thursday, Feb 3, 2011 at 1:13:14 PM
1) Science and technology are not the same. Scie... by Daniel Pedroso on Friday, Feb 4, 2011 at 4:08:07 PM
...but it's certainly not with me. The fundamental... by M. Wizard on Saturday, Feb 5, 2011 at 8:56:37 AM
Jonestown? The achievements of religious leaders!!... by AAA AAA on Sunday, Feb 6, 2011 at 1:19:56 AM
... I've addressed these issues multiple times and... by M. Wizard on Sunday, Feb 6, 2011 at 4:30:19 AM
With what, make believe information that is not ba... by AAA AAA on Sunday, Feb 6, 2011 at 7:02:04 AM
... the fact that you continue to disagree or deny... by M. Wizard on Sunday, Feb 6, 2011 at 3:30:55 PM
The reason religion is blamed for these things is ... by Ryan Hoffman on Monday, Feb 7, 2011 at 5:43:51 PM
...the message of Jesus Christ was one of murder a... by M. Wizard on Monday, Feb 7, 2011 at 9:29:54 PM