This is a trend I've noticed recently which is really starting to piss me off a bit. I'm not naming names, because it's well more than one person doing it. That said, those whom are doing it know who they are. I mean the comments here and there to the effect of:
Now I agreed with this for a long time- mostly when I was an idealist teenager who could only see the world in black and white. But let's face it, this isn't a black and white world. Can organized religion cause problems? Yes, it can. And the problems it does cause are often major ones- see more people in the US thinking evolution is lunacy, for example. But to me, those who say "organized religion is evil" are making a bizarrely short-sighted judgment.Organized religion is almost always evil and the world would be better off without it.
If you want to take my church, we've participated in numerous civil rights marches over time, hell I march with mine in a pride parade in Pennsylvania annually. We've also organized a movement called Standing on the Side of Love (Standing On The Side Of Love) for various rights movements- immigration, BLGT, etc. And we're not the only one that's done so. There are also plenty more like us- we just don't make the news, mostly because we don't do crazy shit like burn Qu'rans.
And ok, I can also hear people saying I've given in to the mind-control and group-think. Absolutely not- if my posting history hasn't made this abundantly clear by now, I'm not sure what will. But not all organized religions are dogmatic. The Roman Catholic Church is. Most Protestant ones are as well. But then again, mine isn't. In my church, I follow a neo-Pagan path. Other people I know specifically to identify as deists, humanists, Christians, and Buddhists. Hell, I even know a few atheists in my congregation. They're all lovely people. And personally, it's given me a community in which I practice my activism, my personal religious rituals, and have a community where we mutually nurture each other's spiritual development.
So all in all, let's stop saying again and again that organized religion is an inherently bad thing. It's a bad thing when the wrong people run it- which is a problem of the people in charge of certain groups, not the of the concept nor of the groups not run by crazies. Saying that organized religion is evil only shows the person saying it has, ironically, given in to a group-think of their own choosing.
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To be clear- I'm not saying that everyone has to believe organized religion is wonderful. Not at all.
What pisses me off is that people who think so do absolutely nothing to present their feelings objectively.