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The Bush/Religion association is destroying religion

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Religion before Bush was given a free ride. People played the game. Recovering Catholics were everywhere and cult fanatics were indulged with humor. It was like having an eccentric and frequently toxic older relative in the human family who everyone was tactfully waiting to die.

Science has been taken far more seriously than religion by the cutting edge of human civilization for the last few hundred years.

But then along came an Armageddon death-wishing president and his intellectually challenged army of Muslim haters. And lo! Another "Crusade".

It has always been tacitly understood that genuinely spiritual people are religious in name only. They may "go to church" and even send their kids to religious schools, but they understand deeply and passionately that religion is for children and authentic spirituality is for grown ups.

These people are always kind (not war obsessed), intelligent (not Bush-brained), and sane in the solid, existential sense of the word.

So for true spirituality, institutionalized religion has always been a rather meaningless side show -- something which may have once had civilizing value, but only for as long as people trusted arrogant social authority more than then own hearts, intelligence, and intuitions.

Indeed, this was the essence teaching of Jesus Christ (so quickly lost by the cassock folk). Listen to your heart because your heart "is" Jesus.

So for centuries, Christianity (to take that as one example) carried around the dead weight of crushingly expensive institutions, the neurotic theologizing of celibate (or intensely repressed) men, and psychotically self righteous worshippers of violence. After all, the history of Christianity is chiefly the history of war after war after war.

And here we go again. Nutcase religious fanatics are pushing for World War 3. The Middle East is now the springboard into civilization-death for Homo duhians who actually think the world is going to go boom in the next week or two.

However, THIS time, the religioso war mongers and mass murderers are openly seen as being grounded in infantile religious cults. It's one thing to engineer the death of Mother Nature and the human species if you're very far behind the scenes, but if you're right up there on network news proving to the planet that institutionalized religion is fundamentally blood thirsty and stupid, your survival status is in question.

The morale of all this is that Bush's intimate associate with religious fanatics and the cause and effect between war and religious hate machines may mark the beginning of the end of institutionalized religion.

Religion, in short, is turning out to be a suicidal luxury the human condition can no longer afford.

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W. Christopher Epler

more from Bill at  <http://theliberationofrealism.blogspot.com/>

 

A liberal American, PhD mathematician, bipedal Earthling.
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Yes,    I think you got it right Bi... by Bob Gormley on Saturday, Jun 23, 2007 at 7:30:51 AM
And the funny thing is that most people who realiz... by W. Christopher Epler (Bill) on Saturday, Jun 23, 2007 at 10:02:54 AM
aaa... by Bob Gormley on Saturday, Jun 23, 2007 at 8:22:41 PM
I was in church yesterday and the Pastor recounted... by Robert Chapman on Monday, Jun 25, 2007 at 9:40:11 AM
good. ... by k kelly on Saturday, Jun 23, 2007 at 11:23:32 AM
ha, ha --  I can dig it... by W. Christopher Epler (Bill) on Saturday, Jun 23, 2007 at 1:04:06 PM
BRAVO!  ... I'm reminded of the last line... by Robert R. Regl on Saturday, Jun 23, 2007 at 11:48:00 AM
Yes, the Unitarians have been holding this line fo... by W. Christopher Epler (Bill) on Saturday, Jun 23, 2007 at 12:33:41 PM
I hope more people are finally starting to figure ... by BillT on Saturday, Jun 23, 2007 at 2:29:14 PM
Every response like this gives me hope that spirit... by W. Christopher Epler (Bill) on Saturday, Jun 23, 2007 at 3:24:33 PM
You got it! Your not alone!... by Bob Gormley on Saturday, Jun 23, 2007 at 8:24:37 PM
Simple, truthful, and effective.... by Zen Master So so on Saturday, Jun 23, 2007 at 3:07:39 PM
I am so glad the Pope is on Dubya side.... by HL Bumpkin on Saturday, Jun 23, 2007 at 6:22:11 PM
is a failure to excommunicate! :-D... by Blue Pilgrim on Saturday, Jun 23, 2007 at 7:53:59 PM
"The Force is strong with you youngpilgrimwal... by Bob Gormley on Saturday, Jun 23, 2007 at 8:26:47 PM
Now THAT is a great line!... by W. Christopher Epler (Bill) on Saturday, Jun 23, 2007 at 8:09:26 PM
It's only now that Americans are feeling the p... by syed mahdi on Monday, Jun 25, 2007 at 6:41:28 AM
well put... by W. Christopher Epler (Bill) on Monday, Jun 25, 2007 at 7:52:09 AM
Mr. Eppler's comments that religion has previo... by Robert Chapman on Monday, Jun 25, 2007 at 9:50:52 AM
Mr. Chapman,"pray, pay, & obey" ... by W. Christopher Epler (Bill) on Monday, Jun 25, 2007 at 4:26:38 PM