Last night I was sat listening to the Muslim prayers – the Salah on television, and it struck me how really quite poetic they are. It reminded me of a time I walked into the Anglican cathedral in Liverpool and heard a choir rehearsing parts of Mozart’s Requiem, which was extremely haunting especially with the choir out of site. I stood and listened for what felt an age.
I’m not religious, I am seriously not religious – I have loathed organised religion since I was capable of free thought. I can’t stand the notion of faith in a higher being, I can’t stand the way it is used to control people, and I really can’t stand that its followers actually believe that I’m the stupid one. But hell, I can give as good as I get on that score. However, I have to admit that the various religions have given the world some things of real beauty in terms of architecture, art, poetry and music. It’s a pity they couldn’t have done the same for society.
I don’t think its all bad – and I have the utmost respect for true believers in any faith – the genuinely religious are true pacifists and basically good people who would never abuse the political nature of it to control others. But never forget that religion helped create the likes of Osama bin Laden, Hitler, and on the other side of the coin (my side you might argue) Stalin…
I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.
Adolf Hitler – Mein Kampf
No – I don’t believe religion is the root of all evil – if there is anything at the root it is mankind itself – religions creators – but it is one of the tools at the disposal of tyrants to manipulate lesser men, making it possible to steal from them and fight wars in their name – for their own gain… Wouldn’t it be great if people could just get along, with or without religion.
A must read on religion is The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins which is, in my opinion, one of the greatest books of our time. And I think that statement is under selling the books significance!