Part 3 of a 14 part series presented by YouTube's victimlesscriminal, Religion Is The Great Hijacker explores the tendency of religious institutions to "hijack" common human experiences by branding them as the exclusive domain of their god. Examples include morality, the 'soul,' 'sin,' comfort, justice, charity, mystery and many more.
I will be attempting to post the entirety of this series over the next few days, hopefully to the enjoyment of Liveleak's non-religious users and no doubt the disdain of its religious followers.
To quote victimlesscriminal's description:
"A Nazi doctor at Bergen Belsen finishes off torturing the last handful of the day's batch of emaciated concentration camp children in the name of medical research. Without so much as a second thought he fires a shot into the brain of the 13 year old girl whose ability to remain conscious during the terror of non-anaesthetised amputation has failed and she is of no further use to him. He walks calmly back to his comfortable townhouse and asks his wife how the day has gone and how his two delightful children are. She informs him that Hans has ridden his first pony and Ingrid has been practising her clarinet all afternoon. The Nazi doctor wanders through to the music room and quietly opens the door. There is his daughter picking her nose. He tears into the room and slaps her hand so hard that she starts to cry. "Stop that disgusting habit else I will take your clarinet off you for good! Now go to your room!"
A group of Muslim boys and young men drop the last of the breeze blocks on to the head of their 15 year old relative - to some she is the sister, to others a cousin, to one she is the daughter. While she gives her final twitch of life, he skirt rides up on her naked, bruised thigh and everything stops while one of the suddenly disgusted father reaches over and pulls her skirt back down towards her twisted feet. The final breeze stops her from further twitching.
What is moral to one person is not moral to another. But we all possess a moral sense.
A child can be taught that anything is true - anything! Morality is simply one more of the areas of the human psyche, the human family and the human society that is a blank sheet waiting for the writings of dogma or of free thought .
Dogmatic religion does not own morality. I want to engage with you in some common-sense arguments that might make you think a little more widely about where your morality originated."
Tags: religion, religious, faith, god, jesus, christianity, allah, muhammad, mohammed, islam, muslim, judaism, atheism, atheist, science, dogma
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