Saturday, March 21, 2009

Religion feeds on fear and desperation

I found this article about a new survey showing that the percentage of Christians in the United States is declining, to the benefit of the growth of atheism. The article suggests that up to 20% of Americans are now non-believers. The article was interesting for a couple of other reasons.

First, check out this asshole quote of the day:

William Donohue, president of the Catholic League said he thinks a radical shift towards individualism over the last quarter-century has a lot to do it. "The three most dreaded words are thou shalt not," he told Lou Dobbs. "Notice they are not atheists -- they are saying I don't want to be told what to do with my life."

Yeah, that's right! We don't actually not believe in fucking fairy godmothers, we just don't want to be told what to do. Fuck you, Donohue! (That rhymes)

Next, there's this:

(Tony) Perkins (of the Family Research Council) told Lou Dobbs he sees that decline easing, and he thinks soon religion will be an even greater part of people's lives. "If this poll is taken next year will the outcome be different?" he asked. "As the economy goes downward, I think people are going to be driven to religion."

Here we are! It's religion's secret weapon, their trump card, their ace-in-the-hole! Fear and desperation! As the economy around the world collapses, religions are licking their chops, waiting to feed on the scraps like the_____ that they are! (I left it blank because I couldn't think of what to write. I wanted to write dogs, but I like dogs. Then I wanted to write bottom-feeders, but as a scuba diver, I like bottom-feeding fish, too. Why do all of these popular expressions relate to animals anyway? I like animals, and there's nothing wrong with them doing what they do, so I'll just let the readers fill in the blank themselves).

Is that what people really do? When times get tough, they begin to believe in religion? Like I'd suddenly think, 'Wow, I've fallen on hard times. Best to start believing in imaginary friends. They'll make it all better.' Honestly, who does that?

It remains to be seen whether or not membership in religions increases as a result of the current problems, but one thing is for sure; religions are loving every minute of it!

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