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    as a young adult that things religion did were abusive and nasty, I left.  I consider myself an agnostic.   In my world view, whether or not there is a god, many gods, goddesses, afterlives etc has nothing to do with my choice to live a decent life, try to make the world a better place, even if only in small ways, one person at a time.  

    I figured out that "if God was the father, my father, the father of all" as a 5th grade nun told me, that he would be like my dad.   My father never hurt me, physically or emotionally, nor tried to terrify me in any way.  He did indeed let me know that at times, decisions I made (as a kid) disappointed him but he also let me know that he never stopped loving me and never would.   Yet this "father" the religions pushed seemed to me to be a mean guy, a petty one, a nasty one whose punishments far outweighed the crimes.  I could not figure out for the life of me how a loving God would have someone burn in hell for eternity for eating meat on a Friday.  I could not figure out how to reconcile the contradictions.  Jesus  gave us the beatitudes.  I memorized them as a child.  I love those words and the man who supposedly gave them to us.  Yet, more often than not, these religions contradicted everything Jesus said.
    In freshman year in college, I had to read for an American Lit course, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God". by Jonathan Edwards.  WOW!   I think that is when the seeds of doubts about religions and their self appointed leaders began to sprout and grow in my mind.  Who would want to spend eternity with such a mean, awful god?  

    I believe the Mike Huckabee's of the world and all the other snake oil salesmen emulate their mental version of God...they bully, they degrade and they demean.   That seems to be their idea of heaven: mean, nasty, judgmental folk sitting by the side of their mean, judgmental deity, condemning others.   Sadly, fear causes too many to buy it.  But when one allows oneself to really think of who could/would create such a magnificent and interesting universe, one knows that that deity would not be a fear mongering, mean, petty god.  That god who created diversity in species, within species; who created the basics for evolution leading to a wondrous computer called a brain; that being who set up the basics for the amazing big bang, an event we do not even have words clever enough to describe; that being is too artistic, too clever, too creative to indulge in the hate game so many like Huckabee call religion.

    “Fear of serious injury cannot alone justify suppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burned women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.”–Louis Dembitz Brandeis

    by Jjc2006 on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 01:12:51 PM PST

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