Prayer Candles in Grace Cathedral

The Toxic Hellstew of Religion

Prayer Candles in Grace Cathedral

I have come to the end of my rope with religion. I have shared with those close to me that I actively view religion as the most evil force on our planet. I am not talking about people of faith. I am not talking about those who organize around concerted efforts to be kind and to do good. But kindness, faith and goodness have long since been divorced from religion. Maybe it’s always been this way, and I’m just now catching on to this fact.

When I think of religion, these are just a few of the things that come rushing to my mind:

  • the vile chicanery of unrepentant “men of God” like Pat Robertson, Jim BakkerJimmy Swaggart, Oral Roberts, Jack Schaap, Fred Phelps, Robert Tilton, Jerry Falwell, the whole Bob Jones klan (I mean clan), and the list could go on and on and on and still not include thousands of the thieves, thugs and charlatans that litter this country
  • the loud, in-your-face, self-serving bullying and mean spiritedness of religious fundamentalism
  • the hatred brimming over in the hearts of religious people like Tony Perkins, Brian Brown, Maggie Gallagher, and numerous others who espouse lies and hatred so they can profit off of harming decent people
  • the murderous crusades across Europe during the middle ages
  • burning people alive at the stake
  • the racism running deep in the heart of American fundamentalism
  • a detestation of critical thinking and scientific, rational thought
  • the extreme denigration and subjugation of women
  • sexual predators masquerading as priests and pastors
  • an unhealthy and perverse fixation on repressing human sexuality while opposing teaching fact-based sex education, AIDS prevention, and contraception in an overpopulated world
  • a refusal to vaccinate and provide medical care because God…
  • perpetrating and silencing the sexual abuse of children and women
  • and now, this newly unearthed horror in County Galway, Ireland1, which is yet another hideous example of religion’s crimes against humanity

I have now reached the point that I want nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing to do with religion. I don’t want to be associated with it in any way. Religion is the opposite of good, of faith, of kindness, of mercy, of tolerance, of thinking, of justice, of compassion, of everything with which I want to be associated. I’m at the point I’m ready to throw out the baby, the filthy bath water, the ringed tub, and the indoor plumbing! I’m just sick of it!

If there is a hell, these bastards deserve to spend eternity in it for the evil they have foist on this world for their own greedy benefit. Christ has been pimped out for personal profit and power. Yes, I now find religion to be utterly despicable!

The Home in County Galway, Ireland
The Home in County Galway, Ireland

1This is what religion gives our planet: These unwed mothers, many raped, and their innocent children were mistreated, bullied, ostracized and treated like the pariah of society. Apparently many were starved to death and died of neglect. The nuns, priests and complicit town’s people were the evil ones. The stories emerging here are a nothing less than real life horror.

This is mass murder. Many have intimated that the over 800 baby corpses buried in the sewer in the back were born in “the Home” and left to starve to death after birth as penance for their mortal sins. These religious leaders and the complicit townspeople are serial killers. If any other group had committed these atrocities, they would be tried for crimes against humanity. But it was the church. It was religion. It was done in the name of God. This is what happens when people make absurd dogma more important that people.

In a town in western Ireland, where castle ruins pepper green landscapes, there’s a six-foot stone wall that once surrounded a place called the Home. Between 1925 and 1961, thousands of “fallen women” and their “illegitimate” children passed through the Home, run by the Bon Secours nuns in Tuam.

Many of the women, after paying a penance of indentured servitude for their out-of-wedlock pregnancy, left the Home for work and lives in other parts of Ireland and beyond. Some of their children were not so fortunate.

More than five decades after the Home was closed and destroyed — where a housing development and children’s playground now stands — what happened to nearly 800 of those abandoned children has now emerged: Their bodies were piled into a massive septic tank sitting in the back of the structure and forgotten, with neither gravestones nor coffins. …

Source: The Washington Post: Bodies Of 800 Babies, Long-Dead, Found In Septic Tank At Former Irish Home For Unwed Mothers

And now the church wants to pray over this mass, unmarked grave of innocents? To hell with their prayers!

This is only the beginning. The sewer is about to be excavated. I hope people go to prison for what they did. I hope the church has to pay dearly for this atrocity. I hope the Irish people ditch this hate-filled religion en masse!

6 thoughts on “The Toxic Hellstew of Religion”

  1. Tim, I read this story with the same horror you have. I disagree only insomuch as I must say that the very least the church can do at this time is to give these poor souls a long-overdue Christian burial and say God have mercy on us for putting dogma above people. Jesus never did and never would.

  2. Tim, I think you would be surprised by how many of these points I agree with. I am not a huge fan of many aspects of organized religion. My wife and I were beaten down by legalism for far too long! However, I cannot throw the baby out with the bath water. I AM a lot more careful with my choice of tubs and shampoo. I often look at those who are self-serving and remember the ones that will say, “Lord, Lord, have we not done great things….” And He will say, “Depart from me…I NEVER knew you!”
    There is a hell and some will be surprised when they wake up there.

  3. Tim, I am so tired of Catholics rationalizing the horrendous crimes their church has committed. I’m just as stunned that I turn on the news and 70% of the coverage is about a potential deserter who has returned home…. But hardly a mention of this mass murder. CNN can spend 45 days talking endlessly about a missing plane that they know nothing about, yet hardly mention this story. Ugh

  4. Tim, Shakespeare’s Dick the Butcher was wrong, the second thing we do is “kill all the lawyers.” We should let the priests jump the queue. And I would move the missionaries to their accustomed place of honor out in front. The arrogance of the followers of monotheistic religions- it’s the ultimate corruption of ultimate power…

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