The Sword of GOD?
I have been avoiding this for quite a while. I have understood for decades that the major religions have powerful political and social effects on the rest of us. Even if we are not members of a particular religion. Even if we are members of no religion at all.
I speak here not from the perspective of whether one religion is right and another is wrong, although that is very often the cause of many major problems. I speak of the social, political, and economic effects of religion. This is most problematic in religions that have churches that are little more then large, transnational corporations. These mega-religions sell their dogma much like McDonalds sells burgers. They have worldwide marketing campaigns. They own TV and radio stations. They own newspapers. They even own colleges and universities! The primary result is a marketing war much like coke vs. pepsi. If it was just an economic or intellectual or political or social war, that would be troublesome enough. Unfortunately, it far too often includes all of the above and turns into a shooting war.
Take the middle east as an example. There are all manner of religions practiced by people who live in that region. But as in almost everywhere else in the world the three religions with the highest number of members all warship the same “one true god of Abraham.” That they warship this god in different ways should be of little consequence and this would be true if they would simply follow the preaching of all the present and historical “leadership” who are ever quick to proclaim such things as “all men are my brothers,” “blessed are the peacemakers,” etc. Instead we have had millennium of endless, interconnected “holy wars” and co-genocides. Crusades, inquisitions, jihads, interventions and persecutions. The religious power elite are as bad as the economic and political power elite. These different flavors of the power elite have been allowed to repeatedly vilify and blame each other when their greed for money and power causes them to take their economic and political competitions to the extreme. Said extreme always comes in the form of: “MAY THE STREETS RUN RED WITH THE BLOOD OF THE NONBELIEVERS!”
We must begin the process of bringing the political, economic, and religious power elite under control. They and their corporations have become too large and too powerful. They have reached the point where they are truly above the law. This can’t go on! We must, all of us understand that these institutions and their “leadership” are all working to their own benefit, and their works do nothing good for the rest of us. We are mad, the vast majority of the human race, to starve, die in their wars, die of curable disease, and even kill each other in order that the rich and powerful will remain in charge. We must begin, here in the US by taking our government away from the two malfunctioning political corporations called the democrats and the republicans. We must do this in every election until they have become smaller and less powerful. We must turn these two mega corporations into just 2 of many other smaller such organizations. We can then demand of our government actions to reduce the size and power of the religious and economic corporations. This will put our children in much better stead then we are at present. THE CURRENT UNHOLY ALLIANCE OF THE RELIGIOUS, POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC CORPORATIONS MUST BE BROUGHT TO HEEL! It is our only hope for a peaceful and prosperous future.
The telepathic crickets on the editorial board wish to inform you all that there are no religions among crickets, but they suspect the ants and bees to be under the influence of religious cults!
The scientifically impossible I do right away
The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer