Religious Idiots

In one of episodes of my favorite TV show, House M.D., Dr. Greg House, the protagonist, utters the memorable line, “Religion is not the opiate of the masses, it’s the placebo.” As a self-confessed non-believer, or atheist, as it’s popular to call one-self nowadays, I thought it was funny, yet quite poignant in many ways. I realize it’s quite arrogant of me to believe that a quote attacking religion is poignant, but then I have also heard that I’m arrogant because I don’t believe in a God, any God for that matter.

I have never had a problem with any person being religious, as a matter of fact, my wife’s very religious. By nature, I believe in the right of a person to practice in any faith he chooses, even though that directly conflicts with my view of life. I always thought that people needed to be religious, to believe in a higher power than themselves, to give them hope in after-life. More so, the concept of mortality has often scarred people. The thought of your loved ones passing away, is not something any one can scoff at. Looking at religion from that vantage point, I viewed religion more as a means to spirituality, a way of achieving balance, where one could accept the inevitable.

I don’t hold that belief about religion anymore, and it has in many ways colored my opinion about people who openly spout religion. Actually, let me rephrase that, I now hold a very negative view of any person who chooses to use his religious belief to make decision for the rest of the population. Living in U.S., it’s very hard to not miss those people. Often, these people are also known in other parts of the world as politicians. In a polarizing country, such as U.S., where elections can be lost or won, because you may believe in the right of a woman to choose, or not judge a person by his or her sexual orientation. Actually, that’s one of my pet peeves: the whole shenanigan about the sanctity of traditional marriage. Marriage, is a sociological phenomenon, a contract that society has, over many generations, enforced onto us to maintain morality in the society. I have nothing against traditional marriage, but people need to get their heads out of their asses, that traditional marriage is not the only thing, and more importantly, it’s not my or anyone’s choice to decide what’s acceptable for a gay or a lesbian couple, period.

Now, moving on to the germane point of my post- politicians, who use religion as a platform to run elections. Last week, Indiana Governor was in news for some innocuous comments he made. The story in detail here. This quote caught me off-guard-

“Let me be clear…the issue of life and traditional marriage are not bargaining chips nor are they political issues,” the former Arkansas governor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate said in an e-mail to supporters Friday. “They are moral issues. I didn’t get involved in politics just to lower taxes and deficit spending though I believe in both and have done it as a Governor. But I want to stay true to the basic premises of our civilization.”

Is it me, or did he just contradict himself in that quote. And he agrees with me that issue of traditional marriage and abortion are moral issues, which means they dont’ affect economy, international relations, and other fun stuff that usually deals with politics. Oh, and the basic premise of civilization? What, Mr. Huckabee would that be? That it’s okay for your beliefs to trespass on other person’s beliefs. More importantly, how does union of a gay or lesbian couple affect your married life? Should your belief, in what you call traditional marriage, be the reason for two people obviously in love to not be united together, and not be offered the same rights that you and your wife enjoy.

And for a change, I thought that GOP had something constructive to say. Sadly, I was wrong. Here’s another genius talking about how social issues are more important. Forget BP, shaky economy, war in Afghanisthan and high rates of unemployement, let us bloody prevent gays from getting married. Lets make sure we shove religion down everybody’s throat. I mean really. This is same guy that wants to protect unborn life, yet is okaying gun-rights to people, who clearly don’t have the right to hold a hockey stick, let alone a shotgun. Oh, and all this in the name of religion. Sheesh!


2 responses to this post.

  1. These are the same politicians that allow 18 year old kids/adults to hold a M-16, RPG etc. but not a Budweiser.


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