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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Suppose You Hate Your Religion

Suppose you hate your religion. How should you destroy it? You would do very little by telling the faithful that you don’t believe.

You might do much more damage by subverting it. Suppose you can brainwash some nitwits and convince them to do something outrageous in the name of the religion you hate. Something like
  1. Hijacking an airplane and crashing it into a building

  2. Assassinating the leader of another religion

  3. Blowing up a giant ancient statue of some other religion

  4. Threatening people of other religions who dare say anything about your religion, or

  5. Rioting on trivial issues relating to your religion.

Your hope is that you can tap into a deep-seated self-hatred in your religion. You want to send people into the streets with blind rage – a rage at the death of the respect that your religion once had, a rage at the death of the peace that your religion once offered, a rage at the death of the faith that God loves you.

The hope is that you would eventually make reasonable people of your own faith defensive and even a bit ashamed at what people of your faith do. You would want to show the world that your religion is unreasonable.

But no matter how unreasonable you act, there will be some people who will think, "If they are upset, it must be our fault."

What do you do then?

Hey, it’s fun to burn stuff.


  • Religion and god/gods are nice excuses for anything. They are imaginary crap anyways that no one can use, bend and redefine to serve one's hunger for power and money .

    Jai Chocolate Guru

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:01 AM  

  • one can use*

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:02 AM  

  • If you ask me, I would start rioting on even the smallest issues supposed to demonize my religion. Believe me, it works. We've seen it time and again in India. Recently, a Muslim leader and a lawmaker of a state legislature called for killing of the Danish cartoonist and announced the state government would award him 5 nillion rupees. Riots started in Lucknow.

    The 'blacks' in your country, the minority are still grumbling about affirmative action.
    In India, we Hindus, the majority are fighting to save ourcivil rights. Can you believe, in one state [Andhra Pradesh, Bush is going to visit it's capital Hyderabad, a outsourcing destination]where there's 12% Muslim pop., 50% of govt. jobs are reserved for them? OUTRAGEOUS. Recently the Supreme Court has declared it illegal.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:34 AM  

  • M. ,

    .......Actually there is a lot I have to say on this issue , but not sure this is the board for that (everybody is usually so nice and polite and politically correct here..)...

    But still ..if you will allow me , I'll just say one thing..there are reliions ...and then there are murderous cults masquerading as religions.....

    ps : While I agree completely with the sentiments expressed by Aragorn bro here , just a minor correction. Andhra Pradesh govt. has reserved 5% of the jobs and seats in colleges for the followers of the Religion Of Peace (RoP).....not 50%.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:10 AM  

  • When I was a teenager growing up in India, I went to a popular bar once. (So much for underage drinking laws.) As I was sipping my...Limca, I noticed a sign that admonished the patrons in highly stilted Hindi, "There shall be no discussion of religion and politics in this establishment. Shri so and so, proprietor."

    Politics is fair game now, but I would be a little hesitant to discuss religion in a blog that seems to be going so well.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:01 AM  

  • Hi SloganM, Aragorn241, and Raj
    SloganM: Probably true.

    Aragorn: Interesting.

    Raj: Probably true. Sorry if you felt a bit stung on a previous post.

    By Blogger Michael Higgins, at 9:09 AM  

  • Hi Sarat:
    Occasionally I discuss religion here. But this post is abstract - it doesn't mention any one religion. Of course one can easily read between lines.

    By Blogger Michael Higgins, at 9:11 AM  

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