Peter Reynolds

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The Evil Of Organised Religion

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If we lived in a world without religion there wouldn’t be any conflict in Iraq or Afghanistan.  The Twin Towers would still be standing.  We wouldn’t be hearing the dreadful news about child sexual abuse in Ireland.  The Christian Church and Islam are both condemned for thousands of years of violence and evil.  They are both as bad as each other.  If I had my way they would both be disgraced and proscribed by appropriate public ceremony.

“Too many have died in the name of Christ for anyone to heed the call”

Teach Your Children

These are the immortal words of Crosby Stills & Nash.  Substitute “Christ” with any deity you care to mention.

I accept that in all organised religions there are people who do good. However, an accounting of the last two thousand years: the Crusades, the Inquisition, Palestine, the vile behaviour of priests and nuns, so many wars – shows that religion is seriously in the red and, quite seriously, perhaps it should be illegal.

Worship who or what you want as you want.  The minute that two or more of you get together to promote ideas that lead to death and suffering – well then you’re in a conspiracy.

Shame on the Irish Catholic Church for what it has done to Ireland.  No consequences could be too great or severe for this godless institution.

I pray to the God I believe in for justice and healing.

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  1. I agree with you.


    November 26, 2009 at 7:29 pm

  2. I do think if you read what Christ says then he is actually pretty good, it’s the church which purported to represent what he said and wished for which is in fact Pauline, based on the ravings of St. Paul that despotic, misogynist and homophobic bully, to name but a few of his failings. Christ would have had us all living openly, without judgement or seeking to set ourselves above each other. What a shame that Paul spawned a flawed christian church from a predominantly hierarchical Jewish ideal, which then went on to spawn a Muslim opposition.


    November 26, 2009 at 7:42 pm

  3. It’s about maintaining the status quo. We don’t want the uppity peasants getting too wealthy or powerful, after all what they have known for centuries is that they can never rise above their base situations and nor do we the elite want them to.


    November 26, 2009 at 7:44 pm

  4. I think Christ is as great an example as any man has ever been. It’s the disciples, the acolytes, the followers and believers – that’s where the problem is!

    Peter Reynolds

    November 26, 2009 at 8:00 pm

  5. I totally agree
    His big mistake was in having twelve disciples, too much in -fighting


    November 26, 2009 at 8:02 pm

  6. Religion ought to be a force for good in the world. Sadly, as you point out – the opposite has all too often been the case.

    Throughout history, religion has been a force for evil whenever folk have not been content to worship their own God, but have determined (by force if necessary) to convert others to worship that same God too.

    Belief in a deity is particularly dangerous when it is allied to political power – as it often blinds such individuals to rational argument. Believing they are uniquely placed to know their God’s mind on a matter they may push forward controversial policies/decisions in total disregard for dissenting voices or any evidence that contradicts their view – with disastrous consequences for the rest of us !!!


    August 19, 2010 at 11:29 am

    • I believe in me – and that’s difficult enough sometimes!

      Peter Reynolds

      August 19, 2010 at 11:40 am

  7. I have said it for years. God is great. The preson is smart. People are dumb.
    Give me a hill, a forest or a meadow and leave me alone with my god.


    November 14, 2010 at 1:12 am

  8. “Do not think that I came to bring peace on Earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:34–39 NASB)

    Peter Pool

    January 24, 2013 at 3:51 am

  9. I would take issue with the idea that religion caused 911 or the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Those were both caused by greed. One does not need religion to suffer the malady.


    February 1, 2013 at 5:29 pm

  10. The inventor of tooth decay and war,P_raise him


    April 17, 2014 at 7:55 pm

  11. I enjoyed your contribution to Any Answers on 25 March 2017: bravo! Especially the opposition to giving religious leaders public respect.

    Henry Hardy

    March 26, 2017 at 9:07 pm

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