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Height of Religulous

20 May

I am sure many of you might have watched Bill Maher’s Religulous. , a documentary covering the idiosyncrasies of various religions and the so called messiahs around the world . My friend Saumya had written a very nice blog on this topic , where she talked mostly about Hindu religion and how it is very rarely questioned.

Having a religious belief is not the problem, in fact, for some people ,it brings peace and hope during hardships.I am not against religious belief but rather the blind faith that one has in religion.Following the same set of rules , without understanding the concept or reasoning behind it.We have seen in so many movies where people start having seizures , when apparently they are supposed to be bestowed with God’s power. The reasoning- It happens because of Temporal Lobe Epilepsy that occurs in hyper religious people. Yes, believe it or not, brain is one of the most amazing organs that any being has ever had. When I was in Trichy, our house was on the way to a Durga temple and I have seen animal sacrifices made right in front of our house.We left that house totally disgusted. These things are still going on and no one to stop them.

Why am I talking about religion? An incident has been brewing slowly in Minnesota within the past few days. I am sure many of you would have read it, as it has gained national momentum from yesterday. One family in Minnesota refused to treat their son, who is suffering from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma citing religion as an excuse. The Hausers are “traditional catholics,” according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, but the crux of their defense is their membership in the Nemenhah , which is some stupid organization for white folks who are wannabe native americans. Here is a link. Couple of days back, the court ruled against the parents ,forcing them to treat the boy. Father succumbed & agreed and the mother fled with the boy. The search is ongoing..Now, how sickening is that. In fact, Hodgkins’ lymphoma has one of the highest cure rates among different types of cancers.
All in the name of religion and faith.If religion can kill an innocent 14 year old boy, then I shun it. I hope the boy is found and treated.This is indeed the height of religulous.

Such evil deeds could religion prompt

-Lucretius

With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.

-Steven Weinber

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5 Comments

Posted by on May 20, 2009 in General

 

5 responses to “Height of Religulous

  1. Saumya

    May 21, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    That is so appalling! Really, religion can make people do blood curdling things. I remember visiting Varanasi a few days after Dec 6th – I had such nightmares for days! 600 people had bludgeoned each other to death, 1500 people were maimed. Which God condones this?

    I sincerely hope the boy is cured. The parents need treatment for mental illness as well.

     
  2. Sri

    May 21, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    My feeling about the boy is same as yours.

    As an isolated incident, his parents looks BAD. I am guessing they believe they are doing good to their kid.
    (I hope at least). There lies the real problem.
    In the name of groups(religion, language etc.), we are brain washed to follow something as absolute truth and not allowed to question.

    Shoba’s comment in Saumya’s blog comes to my mind. You encourage the kids to question it and accept it …

    Methods, where questioning was discouraged, leads to problems like this one.

     
  3. bee

    May 22, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    it’s pathetic when religion is used as an excuse to cover ones frailties of mind.

    -jai

     
  4. bee

    May 23, 2009 at 8:06 am

    do they eat scallops? do they follow all the other commandments in leviticus? or is their adherence to the book selective? i suspect it is the latter. religion without humanity. that’s what they seem to be exemplifying.

     

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