Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Are we all fed up yet?

How many more generations until outing yourself as a Christian will follow with as much ridicule as a Viking? How many more years until Muslims see as much tolerance as Nazi's?

It is still impolite to attack one's beliefs. If while moving your eyes across a friends bookcase you saw a book titled, Female Oppression: A How-To Guide or Why All Homosexuals Are Going To Hell you would probably raise more than an eyebrow. But the Bible or Quran, which chances are resides next to an acquaintances or relatives of yours bedside, demands respect and exclusivity.

In 2010, women get more angry over a man opening a door for them or paying their half of a bill than what is written about them in the Bible. The feminist movement did not see a mass exit from the church as one would expect. Even without the lessons of science and history, you would think the greatest motivator for change would be upholding fundamental human rights. And yet the majority of the worlds women still carry around with them (however conscious or unconscious it may be) the idea that they are on the same level as cattle or property which is intrinsic to their beliefs. It is impossible to separate the disbelief of this and religion without one of the two falling to pieces. With every page turn of the Bible or Quran you are essentially slapping the face of the thousands of woman who fought for our equal rights.

Even if individual beliefs amount to nothing of the sort, the fact that the ideology still exists and is being published every minute of the day, being handed out in schools and revered in society says that we are not doing enough. The amount of women being oppressed under the justification of religious doctrine is too much. The pious feeling a women may get from going to church every week or reading from her Bible before bed in a Western country where this for the most part is not likely the case - is it worth the amount of oppression received by women by those who can use the same religious texts to justify such a thing?

The answer is no. You just have to look at the history and state of the world to see a belief in Jesus or Mohammad is not worth what little security is gained in comparison to what amount of security is at risk from it.

It is not the Christians and Muslims that believe in such immoral statements that this hopes to speaks to. It is the many decent and good-willed ones that are glossing over or better yet condemning these most horrific statements altogether. To challenge, even in a small way what it means for one to be part of and support an institution that promotes injustice, hatred and violence to those deemed "sinful" or inferior by merely being born by the flip of a coin to a particular sex or sexuality.

What is needed is a radical re-think and awareness of what it means to label yourself as part of a particular religion. With the increase of technology, it is becoming increasing important for a move towards a total Humanitarian and Secularist society. This starts with the abandonment of out-dated institutions that promote ideas that harm and threaten our lives.

This is not an attack of ideas. A belief in Unicorns would be more acceptable as long as that Unicorn did not happen not write a book condemning particular groups in society to Hell or justifying the deaths of innocents.

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