Over on AlterNet.com I read an article entitled How Religion’s Demand for Obedience Keeps Us in the Dark Ages.
“But while the secular arguments for dictatorship have been greatly weakened, the religious arguments for it have scarcely changed at all. Religion is very much a holdover from the dark ages of the past, and the world’s holy books still enshrine the ancient demands for us to bow down and obey the (conveniently unseen and absent) gods, and more importantly, the human beings who claim the right to act as their representatives. It’s no surprise, then, that the most fervent advocates of religion in the modern world are also the most deeply inculcated with this mindset of command and obedience.”
This reminded me of my recent post on Mandated Worship. It is amazing how most religions depend on a mass of people to make them work. I enjoyed this article very much and it reminds me that while listening to the words the person standing next to me speaks I should hold them in contempt until he has proven his claims through tangible fact.