22nd October 2011

“Religion has proved to be a highly effective mobilizing tool for discriminatory forces that seek social and political power.”

Cassandra Balchin

6 Responses to “22nd October 2011”

  1. archaeopteryx Says:

    In this context, it will be interesting to watch the North African countries that have recently overthrown their dictators.

  2. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    At the table of discrimination religions has always sat at the head. Nationalism has always been subordinated to a lesser seat.

    If ever humanity is to come to gripes with the reality that we are all Earthlings, all of the same side, it could happen only after humanity ended its child-like dependencies on myths and superstition.

    If you want to see the absurd you only need to take a look at the manufactured controversy about Richard Dawkins debating another religious nit-wit http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/timstanley/100112626/richard-dawkins-is-either-a-fool-or-a-coward-for-refusing-to-debate-william-lane-craig/

  3. Xhim Says:

    This has been true on too many occasions in the past. But how about the use of atheism for the same purpose? Lenin, Stalin, Pol Pot, and Hitler are a few names that come to mind.

  4. Atheist MC Says:

    I wonder how often we have to point out that Hitler was a Catholic not an atheist and that Lenin and Stalin mandated atheism not because they were atheists, per se but to preserve the communist dogma from competition.

  5. Xhim Says:

    Actually, Hitler was especially sly. He used the Church when it suited him and atheism in other contexts. He was certainly NOT a practicing Catholic, although he was able to use his membership in that organization to good effect. After childhood he ceased participating in sacraments, which are at the heart of Catholicism. This is more in line with the argument that he professed religion when it was convenient, but was at heart and atheist. Personally, I am convinced that he was neither a Christian nor a convinced atheist, but simply that God was totally irrelevant to him. He as a “practical atheist” in that he treated God as a tool to be used when it suited his own purposes.
    Whether or not Lenin and Stalin were atheists is irrelevant. They, especially Stalin, manipulated world views to their advantage. In fact, evil people throughout history have always manipulated worldviews to their advantage. It is simply too powerful a weapon for them to ignore. But religions are not the only world views that have been manipulated.

  6. reetBob Says:

    A “practical athiest” or ‘cynical Christian’. I’m not sure you would distinguish between them?