The second in the “Quote of the Month series”, this one by Thomas Jefferson.
“Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced an inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.” – “Notes on Virginia”
Indeed, any one with an objective view would see this. This quote pretty much sums up what I have seen in so called x-ians throughout the years, and read about in the history books. Once you realize how much blood and suffering religion has on its hands, it is difficult to maintain any support for it in any sense at all.
The other point made here is about hypocrisy. Once you see hypocrisy in action it is almost impossible to see anything else. Claims of peace and love on one hand, death and brutality on the other. Pious and righteous on Sunday, drunken bums who smack around the wife the rest of the week. Claims of the utmost respectability, priests raping kids and covering it up. This is what religion is in my eyes…and no religion is free from these criticisms.* Never mind the fact that no religion is based in a testable, provable, falsifiable, reality.
How people steeped in religious belief can ignore these issues, all the while claiming they hold some imaginary high ground, is beyond my ken. How people like to claim this country was founded on x-ian principles is a damned lie.
Source for the Quote of the Month here: http://freethought.mbdojo.com/foundingfathers.html There are many other sites out there with the same quotes. Google, as always, is your friend. Try “Founding Father Quotes” in the search box.
* So, you want to claim those kinds of people aren’t true x-ians, or true [insert religion here] ? Click this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_true_Scotsman