17th September 2010

“Those who are uncomfortable or fearful of someone who is different from them sometimes hide behind religion to gain power, nurture their ignorance and justify their prejudices.”

L. Z. Granderson

7 Responses to “17th September 2010”

  1. sjburnt Says:

    Similar to yesterday’s AQOTD, just swap out ‘religion’ with ‘superstition’.

  2. GreatEighthSin Says:


  3. Atheist MC Says:

    I don’t think xenophobia, homophobia etc leads people to religion. Rather, religion tends to make people insular, judgmental and tribal. The cause and effect in this quote is ass backward IMHO.

  4. GreatEighthSin Says:

    Actually, I do agree with you, MC. The religious listen to their pastors yell, shout, and scream as they’re running up and down the stairs spouting obscenities about a particular group, yet that pastor doesn’t even have a clue as to what the bible truly has to say about what he’s ranting about. He only knows what his previous pastor taught him, and that’s usually never much. Then, everyone just follows the mob mentality and nod and smile pretty until it’s they don’t know what the hell to think anymore as they’re dragging out the pitchforks.

    You not only entrust your “soul” to God, you also toss your mind to the man at the podium.

  5. try Says:

    i think the quote has validity……..ignorant and fearful people quite often
    justify their thinking/actions thru their (supposed) religious beliefs.

    for a swell example, check out the “Creativity Alliance”

  6. sjburnt Says:

    AMC you raise an interesting question.

    I am not sure there is a causal relationship in either direction.

    It might just be ‘birds of a feather, flock together’, i.e., minds which do not or can not practice rational thought are susceptible to xenophobia, homophobia, and superstition.

    GreatEighth, I’m not sure what you are saying by “*coulikegaysgh*”.

    Most prejudice towards gays is based in ignorance and fear, similar to superstit- er – religion.

  7. CaptainZero Says:

    In my experience, religion can attract and promote bigotry as well as support inclusiveness. People will shop for a preacher that aligns with their attitudes, both prejudiced and inclusive. And, clearly, a person can be radicalized by the right preacher playing on their fears and emotions and sense of ingroup/outgroup. More generally, the more fundamentalist a brand is the more it castigates the “other” be they jews, gays, muslims, atheists or any other group singled out by their holy book for special condemnation. Which does not bode well for Catholicism. Witness the Pope’s remarks about atheists yesterday. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/sep/16/pope-benedict-xvi-atheist-extremism

    Could this former hitler-youth member fail to remember that Hitler was, in fact, a Catholic? Doubtful, which means he’s simply a liar.