Inspiration from this post came from an MSN article that can be found here, claiming that Somalia and Brunei have officially ‘banned’ Christmas because it ‘threatens’ the Muslim faith. The penalties for celebrating this holiday or even wearing a Christmas hat can result in up to 5 years in jail.
You see this is why religion should not be given power. It is easily corrupted and is used to push individuals’ own agendas. It is a powerful tool to control the masses and an excellent justification for all kinds of acts. Take the modern Muslim-ruled countries like Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Brunei, where you can be imprisoned or even killed for breaking Muslim law and the ‘inerrant’ teachings of the Quran.
Christianity isn’t much better. In recent times things are relatively peaceful, but in the past when the Church ruled people were killed and discriminated against for being gay, belonging to a different religion, or even supposedly being a witch. Several wars, including the Spanish Inquisition and the Crusades were fought with Christianity as a cause and justification, and who knows all of the minor incidents that took place over that long period of time – the Bible makes it quite clear what to do with those who go against God’s word.
Religion has already shown to have a very strong hold on it’s followers, regardless of whether it is true of not, and people who follow books with orders to kill are very dangerous indeed. This is best shown when those individuals are given power.
Not to mention that religious leaders can bend their Holy books to mean just about anything they want, allowing them to push their own opinions forward, claiming that it is divine will. An example of this is when George Bush claimed that invading Iran and Iraq was a ‘mission from God.’ And it is believed that one of the reasons that the constitution enforces the separation of church and state was to prevent the Church from taking over like it had done to most of Europe, making kings mere figureheads.
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