Friday, September 10, 2010

Tolerance

When our founding fathers started our great country, it was based on the tenet that all men are equal, regardless of their religion or creed. This is something we all outwardly want; nobody wants someone else to tell them what to believe. The problem is that there are way too many of us who have no problem telling others what they should believe. I believe this is called hypocrisy.

Most major religions outwardly preach that if you don't belong to their church that you are doomed to Hell. I grew up Catholic, and back in the '60s they instilled this upon us, over and over. As I got older and went to college, I grew to be more of a free thinker. The reason the religions hang Hell over your head, like the Sword of Damocles, is to keep control over you. If they can keep you afraid of going to Hell, you will follow their laws, keep giving them money, and never leave them.



We need to stop being afraid.

The government uses fear to regulate us, and the churches have been doing it for millennia.

Fear also breeds intolerance. The major problems of our world are all rooted in intolerance between the different faiths. Each faith is dead set that they are right, and will fight to the death to prove it. Any faith can pull out some obscure line from their important book to justify killing others. I have heard it from all sides. They even pull up lines to condemn homosexuals, people of color, and just about anybody else they don't like.

Instead of looking for obscure lines to justify sin, remember the main premise of all religions: Love God, love yourself, and love thy neighbor.It's not that hard. Be yourself, follow whatever religion you choose...but allow your neighbor the right to do the same.

When I was a little boy, I'd much rather they taught me that than about Hell. I would have had a lot less sleepless nights.

7 comments:

ISRAEL CARRASCO said...

I'd argue the basic premise that this country was guided by the principle of tolerance considering that women couldn't vote, blacks were slaves (and 3/5th of a person; you know seperate but equal, Native Americans had their land taken under manifest destiny. It took a law Brown v Board of Education to tell southern whites " hey let blacks attend your white schools". I know it was along tome ago but things have changed now. We're not like that any more right? Oh but on your main point I agree. Religion does attempt to control people.

ISRAEL CARRASCO said...

typo time

Crazy Brunette said...

hmmm, food for thought Mikey...

Mike said...

HI Israel! Yes we have been bad in the past, but we can always choose to change. Tolerance is a good start.

Mike said...

Hi CB glad make you ponder.

The Queen said...

Here's the deal. We still say the pledge at our school.. I leave out the words..UNDER GOD... because we are one nation.. but people need to understand we are no longer ONE NATION, UNDER GOD. We have many religions and believes here now..and some of them do not involve GOD. However, even those that do not believe in God, came to arms on 9-11 to defend and help our great nation.

Mike said...

Hi Queen! You are so right.

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