Friday, June 27, 2014

God Save Us From Religion – The Commandments of Combat

A Curse in Verse

"The tendency to turn human judgments into divine commands makes religion one of the most dangerous forces in the world.” -  Georgia Harkness

“Those of little faith are of little hatred.” – Eric Hoffer

 “Lord, a plague is on the world
Lord, no man is free…
Lord, if you won't take care of us
Won't you please, please let us be?" – Randy Newman

The bloody, vicious, and inevitable, sectarian civil war currently ravaging the Bush/Cheney-created idyllic paradise of Iraq (because in the venality that is Conservatism the flow of oil will always justify the flow of blood) reminds us, once again, of the love, joy, peace, harmony and brotherhood that the cursed and regrettable concoction of gods and religion has wrought upon the world lo these thousands of years since primitive man was first naïve enough to turn to fictions instead of facts for wisdom and answers.  

While we no longer remain that primitive species, for reasons unknown, most mortals still choose to cling to ancient dogmata; leaving us in a situation where surely the final destruction of all human kind will be determined in a run for the roses between climate change and warring religions.  Presently, the pious lead by a nose as they, unfortunately and incredulously, actually look blissfully forward to a day when life on earth will reach its conclusion and the deserving can take their place of eternal bliss alongside their desired deity – be it Jesus, Jehovah, Buddha, Mohammad, Vishnu, The Mighty Thor, “Hercules hero of song and story, Hercules, winner of ancient glory,” Eric Clapton or Uncle Floyd.

God Save Us From Religion

“We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.” – Jonathan Swift

The Sunnis hate the Shiites
The Shiites hate the Kurds 
The Kurds are mad that Sunnis pray
With slightly different words

The Christians mock the Muslims
As Muslims revile Jews
Though all began with common ties
That each of them eschews

Says the Pakistani Muslim
To the Indian Hindu
Got your bindi as a target
For the nukes we point at you

So the Irish Roman Catholic
Found the Protestant taboo
And the wearing of the green drained red
Give or take a saint or two

Hallelujah for religion
All you keepers of the flame
Without your steadfast piety
We’d not know where to aim
Mankind’s bigotry and bile
Its intolerance and guile
For a people who are otherwise
Remarkably the same

God save us from the faithful
Enlisted in His corps
A righteous, violent “peaceful” soldier
Creed’s conquistador
Hallelujah and Hosanna
Every pious Pollyanna
Please don’t let your reverent rivalry
Take us once again to war

If it’s written in the Bible
History tell us that it’s liable
To result in many petty killings
From traditions old and tribal

Cultures clash, face to face
When all slaughter in God’s grace
A haunting hoax of harmony
For those whose hope’s head heavenly

From Randy Newman, a scathing original composition that I would wager my Krugerrands and Tom Seaver 1970 Topps baseball card will not be heard anytime soon in a Pixar animated theatrical confection  – “God’s Song.”

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  2. Seems like the only groups that don't hate or look down on others are atheists and humanists.
    Incomprehensible from religions that are supposed to teach love for one another. I guess they interpret that lesson narrowly; in the words of Disneys' Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas.....
    'You think the only people who are people
    Are the people who look and think like you
    But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger
    You'll learn things you never knew you never knew'

    1. I love those Disney lyrics, thanks for sharing, That corporation has clearly come a long way from Walt's anti-semitic days. The tightrope I walk when writing these kinds of posts is to be able to comment on the intolerance of others without coming across as being intolerant toward them as well.