My posts about the unconstitutional encroachment of religion on college campuses prompted one of my readers to write in asking: "Why do you hate religion so much? Granted, there are many religious fanatics who pervert the true teachings of various religions. But religion can be a force for good and this is a truth that even an atheist or an agnostic such as yourself has to acknowledge."
Well, dear reader, actually, I am neither atheist nor agnostic. I am a religious person, a believer. I dislike talking about it because this is a profoundly intimate issue, which, I feel, is profanated daily by showy public exhibitions from all kinds of fundamentalists. My deep religious feelings are the reason why the insistent, loud screeching of religious fanatics and their attempts to push their religion on everybody else pain me so much. It is almost physically painful to observe how so many people use religion to achieve their unconscionable political goals, oppress others, and foster their own sense of fake moral superiority. Vociferating about how spiritual you are and lording it over others is easy. Trying to live quitely and unobtrusively according to the tenets of one's religious doctrine is hard. Christianity, which I know more about than any other religion, is supposed to be based on humility and quiet contemplation. If you say "I'm Christian" and don't immediately ask yourself "Am I? Do I lead a truly Christian life?", then you are nothing but a fake.
Christianity has been colonized by so many loud individuals who screech about how much better they are than anybody else that I don't even want to identify as Christian any more. So many atrocities have been and still are perpetrated in the name of Christianity that the best thing people who want to consider themselves Christian can do is just shut up already and turn towards themselves, their own souls. In the words of Jesus himself, prayer should not be a public affair. It should be done, privately, intimately, secretively. In the words of Jesus himself, don't count everybody else's sins, go count your own and concentrate on bettering yourself. This is a religion that is murdered when it is imposed on people by stealth or against their will. This is a religion that, according to the words of Jesus himself, should be kept separate from public and political life.
As I said, I don't want to talk about this issue much because it's very personal to me. This is pretty much all I want to say about this topic on this blog.