By S. PAUL BRYAN
Unquestionably, religion has done more harm than good in this world. Possibly the saddest and most appalling reality is that children are the people on this planet taking the brunt of this abuse, these evil deeds.
It’s impossible to know how many children have had their physical and psychological lives irrevocably mangled by the insidious indoctrination of religion and faith.
It’s more than we would ever want to know.
One thing we know for sure is that religion has been and will forever be enforced upon the unformed and vulnerable minds of the smaller and younger participants of life on this earth.
This fixation with children, and the need to control every part of their upbringing, has been part of every form of absolute authority throughout world history.
Religious groups, for obvious reasons, prefer to prey on the young more than most. Religion likes to lead by example when it comes to early indoctrination.
In fact, religion has been most cruel and dangerous in regard to using these cowardly tactics.
For example, what happens if a child born into his or her parents’ faith should choose to stray to another cult or faith? This could be a small child, or even a child already in the stage of adolescence.
No matter the specific circumstance, the parents will, like clockwork, claim their child has been taken advantage of because the child is too innocent to make those decisions.
If the religious authoritarians (or the adults who give them their power) were forced to wait until children reached an age of reason, we’d be living in a much different and better world.
We all know how religious zealots love to force upon us their beliefs of moral and immoral behavior. But is there anything more creepy, horrible or lacking in morality than the mutilation of infant genitalia?
Religious ritual has laid claim to children since the dawn of time.
Several different religions have insisted upon taking children from the cradle and using knives, stones or other dastardly instruments to “fix” their most private of parts.
It seems as though the “all-mighty creator,” whichever form of this imaginary friend people choose (or have been brainwashed) to follow, would have paid attention to the reproductive organs of his (its) creatures and done it the right way from the start.
Religion also has a big issue with self-gratification. We all know this plays a big part in adolescent youth lives. Could it be that those in power through religious means want to be the ones getting “gratified” or doing the “gratification”?
The actions of the Catholic Church, although it is far from alone in this category of offense, have forced us toward the conclusion that the answer is yes.
In recent years, billions of dollars have been awarded to children and adults who have been victims of the all-powerful religious leaders in all the world’s communities.
But that simply means that we live in a world that puts a price on the pain that generations of children have had to deal with in the name of religion.
What do you think was happening in centuries past, when religion was above criticism? None of us (non-religious or religious) “sinners” could begin to comprehend that horror.
“Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man—living in the sky—who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of 10 things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these 10 things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever ‘til the end of time! But He loves you. Now, you talk about a good bullshit story. Holy shit!”—George Carlin
Bryan is a parent who has no patience for the man-made stupidities and cruelties of the religious.