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God's Next Army
Richard: Keith Warren's a mate of mine with who there've been many late-night whiskey-laden conversations on the state of world affairs. He's followed Webdiary, and Margo, for a long time, and has decided to turn his hand to penning his thoughts. Upon seeking to educate himself on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and what led us to this point, he wandered off on tangents which led him directly to what he considers to be the only sane conclusion which one can come up with. IE: Religion is the root of all evil. This is Keith's first piece for Webdiary.
God's next army
The indoctrination of the young, prior to the age of reason, into any religion or denomination is abhorrent. It takes away free will from the onset and replaces it with a mindset of servility.
When the evangelists in America are pumping millions of dollars into a university just outside Washington, which is designed to groom their best and brightest as Neo-Con Republicans in the Whitehouse, we've all got a problem. A really BIG problem!
I urge readers to check out the BBC documentary God’s Next Army.
Atheists or anti-theists across the world should stand up and be counted. We need to get organized into a peaceful global force in order to counter the never ending spiral of religious sanctioned murder and genocide.
When global leaders of any religious persuasion are delusional to the point where they believe they are doing "God’s Work", what hope is there for humanity when these fanatics have their fingers on the nuclear triggers?
When they are all 100% convinced that they are destined for some kind of eternal utopia when they die, and to hell with the rest of us, what room is left for rational judgment?
Science and reason are the only true hopes that we have left. We need to end 2000 years of insane bigotry and hatred built upon a completely un-provable foundation of ignorance, superstition and lies. Plagiarism upon plagiarism has been purposely and repeatedly bastardized through the ages like a multi millennial game of Chinese whispers until the resulting doctrines, which were dubious in the first place, are so conflicting, varied and confused that their origins and meanings can never achieve consensus across the various factions.
On the recent scandals surrounding Catholicism, all I would say is that the Pope is just a man. As such, he should not be shielded from justice or legal scrutiny on any level.
Anyone who has taken the time to read Mein Kampf would know that Hitler never abandoned Christianity and recommended Catholicism quite highly. In reality, he knew he had to keep the Vatican onside if he was to achieve his goals. The Vatican was more than happy to turn a blind eye to atrocities as long as it was the Jews and other minorities that were on the receiving end of Hitler’s wrath. Stalin, however, was exploiting a huge pool of servile, uneducated and angry people left behind in the wake of hundreds of years of Russian Orthodox religious rule. But Stalin removed the lie of controlling the masses by pretending to be the voice of God. In essence, the Russian people swapped one fascist dictatorship for another.
Ignorant and fearful people will always beg to be governed. This is why dictators and religious groups will always make a priority of indoctrinating the young or starving them of an education altogether.
Whether it’s the Hitler Youth, or Baden Powell’s Boy Scouts movement (“I promise to do my best, to do my duty to God and the Queen”. – “Dib Dib f@#$ng Dib”!), it’s all early indoctrination for the purposes of future exploitation. Get them used to wearing uniforms, following a chain of command without question and marching in a straight line.
Science and reason will win out in the end. Education, as always, is the key. We should start by eliminating all tax breaks for religious institutions worldwide and ensuring that any creationist and religious teachings are clearly defined as religious theoretical studies. There should never be an overlap between proven scientific fact and theistic dogma. In short, our taxes should never ever provide a conduit for perverting the minds of the young by perpetually propagating generation after generation of servile none thinkers via religious teachings which have proven time and again to breed hatred and posion on a biblical scale. The separation of church and state must be restored globally.
The lives of billions may well depend on it. Any one of Gods Next Armies could kill us all.