LIBERTY & RELIGION – A TROUBLING HISTORY

Liberty is positive and moral. Religion is neutral and amoral.

When religion does good, it is positive and moral. When religion does harm, it is negative and immoral. When religion is inclusive, tolerant and caring, it is ethical. When religion is exclusive, intolerant and discriminatory, it is evil. When religion represents power, control and wealth, it is corrupt. Benevolent believers use religion humanely. Bigoted believers use religion harmfully.

Fear and ignorance caused primitive people to look to superstition or religion for life’s mysteries. Science provides those answers today. Modern believers rely on religion for social reasons, community and/or hope of eternal life.

Governments forcing or forbidding religion ultimately fail. Freedom from religion, freedom of religion or no religion, and freedom for religion speech are fundamental liberties of free people. They are provided by our federal and most state constitutions.

World history confirms early civilizations created their own gods, scriptures and religions their cultures perpetuate. Each claims truth to the exclusion of others.

Naturalist religions deified the elements, animals and humans. Egalitarian religions deified children, women and men. Matriarchal religions deified women and motherhood. Patriarchal religions deified only males. Here are self-evident truths –

  1. If horses had gods, they would resemble horses.
  2. If triangles had gods, they would be three-sided.
  3. If gods are exclusively male, males are gods.
  4. If gods made males in their image, males returned the favor.
  5. If mortals know the will of immortal gods, they have mortal agendas.

American humorist Mark Twain wisely wrote “Man is the Religious Animal. He is the only Religious Animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion – several of them.”

My late parents and grandparents, as earnest elders, endeavored to enlighten those of us without experience. Endearing examples included “God created humans with reason and the earth with resources. God’s work is done. It’s our job to care for each other and our earthly home”  and “If a creator had been revealed to and reported by women rather than men, we would be worshiping Mother Nature not Father God”.

In free countries, belief is a private right not a public obligation. Religious beliefs are personal presuppositions without uniformity and diverse as believers. Over 10,000 distinct religions are recognized world-wide and Christianity alone has 2,000 vastly different American versions (World Christian Encyclopedia). A few societies have no religion.

Only humans can solve human problems and irrational religious beliefs pose the greatest obstacles. Reliance on the inherently unknowable rejects individual responsibility and earthly reality. There is no credible evidence for the supernatural and considerable evidence for its human creation.

Supernatural immortality is speculation based solely on unverifiable human hearsay while natural immortality is achievable through charitable organ or other donations, good deeds and descendants.

Pew Research Center surveys show over 26% of Americans claim no religion (more than any religious denomination) with 39% of Millennials (age 20-35). Two-thirds of Americans do not believe Christianity is necessary to being American. Those who say organized religion is not important and do not attend church (20% go regularly) or want a religious funeral (cremations surpass burials) are steadily increasing.

Non-Partisan and Objective Research Organization surveys show just 25% of Americans say its important for a political candidate to have controlling religious beliefs. Only 19% consider it important for a candidate to disclose religious beliefs. A majority do not think religion should play a prominent part in public policy. Even Jesus separated religion and government (Matthew 22:21; Mark 12:17)

Harmful conflicts occur when self-righteous religionists force their unwanted religious beliefs on others. It reflects audacious arrogance (“We are better than you”) and has caused more oppression, suffering, torture, injury and death than all other man-made causes combined. Beware of those who presumptuously proselytize their uninvited and unwanted private beliefs on your public liberty!

“Liberty consists less in doing one’s own will than in not being subject to that of another; it consists further in not subjecting the will of others to our own.” – Enlightenment Philosopher ROUSSEAU

It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others…..we are bound, you, I, and every one, to make common cause, even with error itself, to maintain the common right of freedom of conscience.” – American Founder & President JEFFERSON

John Compere
MRFF Board Member,
Judge and Brigadier General,
US Army, Retired

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5 Comments

  1. C4Z

    This is the biggest load of crap ever written. Did he even graduate from high school?

  2. Grey One talks sass

    C4Z, like all the Christianists who comment here has no cogent arguments, just insults.

    How…. juvenile… of them.

  3. Grey One talks sass

    To add to the theme…

    “With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil – that takes religion.”
    Steven Weinberg

  4. G

    Gee, C4Z, Alan Dershowitz gave the biggest garbage about defending Trump’s crimes and Dershowitz was a lawyer.

  5. Raty

    Elegantly put by a man who is a *human being* who has accomplished so much and has taken the time to contemplate the nature of things. If only there were more thoughtful, heartfelt people like you in the world. If only, but alas…

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