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Over time, religious leaders have convinced people the only way to live a righteous life is by believing in deities. The deities have evolved from the Egyptians where their Pharaohs considered themselves Gods to the Greeks to the Romans the The Jewish faith to modern-day religion. The number one thing all these religions want is blind obedience. The Pharaohs of Egypt demanded stone monuments be built to honour their greatness. The Roman Emperors, many who had a God fixation, built great cities. The Jewish Religion, where Christianity got many of their beliefs from, dictated everything from haircuts (“You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard” Leviticus 19:27) to men taking their brothers wives and immediately impregnating them ( “If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband’s brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of an husband’s brother unto her.” Deuteronomy 25:5) to the eating of shellfish (“But whatever is in the seas and in the rivers that does not have fins and scales among all the teeming life of the water, and among all the living creatures that are in the water, they are detestable things to you.” Leviticus 11:10).
Religion has this thing for power. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the Church stepped in to fill the void. They set about banning anything which went against their teachings, and anyone who disagreed was burned at the stake. The only people who were allowed an education were the sons of the wealthy and church hierarchy. Meanwhile, peasants toiled in the fields. Peasants worked the land and produced the goods that the lord and his manor needed. This exchange was not without hardship for the serfs. They were heavily taxed and were required to relinquish much of what they harvested. The peasants did not even “belong to” themselves, according to medieval law. The lords, in close association with the church, assumed the roles of judges in carrying out the laws of the manor.
The church began to lose its grip as Nations rose and Governments began to take over the affairs of running Nations. One Church, however, retained its power: the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church has retained its wealth and influence through wars, famine and natural disasters.
The Catholic Church, like many other large Churches, became wealthy. Many Churches have become wealthy through donations from Private individuals and Companies. George Carlin said, “He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He’s all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can’t handle money! Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more.” Take a good look at the Christian Mega-Churches. Millions of dollars and they do not have to account for it as a bank would.
Religion counts on mindless minions to keep the coffers full. They count on lawmakers to bring their ancient beliefs to the forefront. The church wants power back. They want science, once necessary for monks to determine when Easter occurred, or for the planting of crops, to be dumbed down. They do not want the populace to be educated for if the populace becomes educated they may start asking questions. They may come to doubt everything the church has been teaching. People may become disgusted by the lies told to them and leave, thus depleting their coffers.
However, this is not happening. If anything, religion is becoming stronger thanks to its ties to Government. Barry Goldwater, (R-Ariz), sounded the alarm about conservatives crawling into bed with evangelical Christians. One could point to the Reagan Era for when evangelical Christians gained a foothold in Government affairs. By simply saying since the United States turned it’s back on God because of homosexuality, abortions, women’s rights, he was punishing us and the only way to return to his graces was by turning to Jesus. Churches repeated this message to their followers, and people, believing in the invisible man, offered no retort.
Now, Christians are claiming their beliefs are under attack. They want to ban abortions, outlaw homosexuals, defend the beatings of non believers and call Muslims evil. They have an agenda to make the United States a Christian Nation which would fly in the face of the Constitution. Christians have claimed the first amendment pertaining to freedom of Religion only applies to the Christian Religion and no others. They want the Constitution scrapped and a new one drawn up that reflects the 10 Commandments.
We need to do something about these zealots before it is too late.