Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
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Losing My Religion

Last week or so I commented on someone's LJ about the recent riots in the Islamic world over the cartoons of Mohammad. I basically said something like, "those fucked up Muslims." I realized, however, that I know almost nothing about the Islamic faith at all. What I did know, though, was that if anyone kills in the name of their god, and the religion is supposed to be one of peace, there is a serious problem there.

I guess that's why I pretty much distance myself from any sort of religion. I am not an atheist. I do believe in some great spirit/force/spaghetti monster, but to be a part of a formal religion just seems wrong to me. I was born and raised a Catholic and as time went on, I realized that I could not be a Catholic (or Christian for that matter) because I did not believe in the divinity of Jesus. He was a nice guy. He had some good teachings, but he was not the son of god. In thinking about Islam that I have never read the Koran, I also realized that I have never read the entire Bible. Here I spent 18 years of my life as a Christian and never read the sacred text all the way through. I tried a few times, but it was like reading a software manual. Besides, there are the issues of translations, revisions, interpretations, and relevance of a 2000-year-old book in today's world.

So back to the Koran and Islam. Does the Islamic world feel so threatened by the "Western" world that it is simply lashing out at what it perceives as its greatest threat? Is simply the way we live with equal rights for women, prevalent sex and violence in the media, and an overall desire for secularization so against their religion that we truly are like a "Great Satan" to them? How would we react if our basic way life or our core belief system was threatened and attacked? Many Christians are not any better than Muslims when they see things like abortion and gay rights as a great threat to their beliefs.

Maybe furry should become a religion *laughs* It will be based on freedom of self-expression. It will be about causing no harm to others. It would be about doing good to others. Oh wait. I guess all religions should be about that. The message just gets drowned out by dogma.
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