Thursday, September 08, 2005

Why not?

It's no secret that I think religion in this modern age is kind of silly. Sure, it served its purpose back before there was science to explain things, and it has been a great tool for the ruling classes to keep the masses in line. Having this attitude towards religion definitely puts me in the minority, as polling would indicate that religion plays an important role in the lives of most people in the world. Some countries have a fairly hands-off approach, allowing people to worship as they choose without making it a personal matter between the individual and their religion. Other countries are ruled by religion. These are typically some of the worst totalitarian states in the world, just like countries that would ban people from practicing any religion. Then there are countries like ours where some of the most extreme folks from the most extreme branches of one particular religion claim to want freedom yet strive toward complete theocracy and intolerance towards those of other religions. The US would definitely fall into that last category. Under the Bush regime, the wingnut religious right has declared an open season on secularism and against all other religions. Their latest thing is trying to teach "intelligent design" which is their code word for the christian creation mythology, alongside the theory of evolution in public school science classes. But in the name of fairness, if this is to be taught, why not all other creation myths from all other religions? And if they're covering all other religions, why not include the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster? You may not have heard about this church, but they offer some scientific theories that are just as valid as those put forth by the "intelligent design" crowd. And their heaven with its beer volcano and stripper factory sounds like a lot more fun than a bunch of harp playing sexless angels. While you are exploring this exciting new faith, be sure to play the Flying Spaghetti Monster game where you are the Flying Spaghetti Monster and you must convert as many Pastafarians as you can while avoiding the darkly clad school administrators.

2 Comments:

Blogger Dr. Forbush said...

You don't even need to go to those religions. There are crazy ideas in the currently popular ones. When I was in Rome I saw the foot of a Saint placed in a glass vessel on an altar. Then, there are the Greek and Roman myths which were part of their religion. And, of course there is the multitude of Native American stories that could taught in school.

The problem is, why should one religion get their idea taught when all of these other equally insane ideas don't get any airplay?

9/09/2005 01:52:00 PM  
Blogger Liberal Traitor said...

I kind of like the Flying Spahetti Monster though. What other religions offer an afterlife with a beer volcano and stripper factory?

9/09/2005 05:13:00 PM  

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