Your Religion Doesn’t Matter

Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Sikhism, Church of Scientology, or even Heaven’s Gate (those last two are more of a cult than a religion…nonetheless). Whatever religion you follow, it doesn’t matter. Frankly, your religion shouldn’t influence the decisions you make on a day-to-day basis. Not a day goes by where I don’t see a kitten stuck in a tree crying for help only to find out that no one is even acknowledging the poor critter’s existence, all because the kitten is part of a Wicca family. It’s crazy to think that we, as human beings inhabiting a little blue planet in the middle of God knows where, don’t bother to help others all because we discriminate them based on what religion they practice. I’m sure followers of Westboro Baptist Church are nice people who just need someone to talk to other than their own private sect… I mean religion.

 All jokes aside, there is enough evidence in history to prove my claim. Ever heard of the French Wars of Religion? More specifically, the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre — the one where 5,000 to 10,000 Protestants were slaughtered in less than 24 hours by Catholic followers (dailyhistory.org)  — yeah that one! I understand that incident happened a little under 500 years ago but still, who’s to say that can’t happen in today’s world? I’m certain you heard of the 9/11 incident that happened not too long ago (history.com). Although it wasn’t major in terms of religious reasons, it still had some minor influence seeing as the terrorists were associated from the Islamic extremist group al-Qaida. They might’ve used being Islamic as a reason for doing what they did all in the name of Allah (though I’m sure Allah would be disappointed).

With all that being said, I’m not trying to say that religion is inherently bad, nor do I think religion is inherently good — like everything else, it just is what it is (more on that for a later topic). But to go as far as to make judgements on others simply because they follow another God and completely dismiss them is atrocious. There’s a reason why there is a huge increase in atheism and agnosticism (at least according to scientificamerican.com), not to mention the “spiritual but not religious” type of people. In a day and age where corruption and scandals can be easily exposed, I’m not surprised that most people don’t want to affiliate themselves with organized religion. Who wants to leave their 7 year-old child with some old geezer to another room for “confessions”? 

The bottom line is this: your religion doesn’t matter, not because of its way of trying to make the unexplainable explainable, but because it shouldn’t conflict with your moral standards. We should help one another regardless of which religion we choose. We shouldn’t be quick to judge a person’s character because they wear a turban or a kippah on their head, or even if they clasp their hands together as if they just caught a fly right before they eat (and why do they keep calling grace? I’m sure she gets sick and tired of these phones calls in the evening before she’s allowed to eat). If we could get pass the religion barrier we see in every individual, I’m sure we would see the world as a better place to live in — one where we can finally save that kitten that is always stuck in the tree regardless of whether or not they’re part of Wicca (although that kitten getting stuck in the tree everyday is quite concerning).

 

P.S. I would’ve added a picture but the chromebook said otherwise. Also, I’m not sure if this was size 12 font.