Mainstream Christianity goes to great lengths to separate itself from it’s Abrahamic cousin, Islam. However, the commonalities between the two faiths are very apparent to most of us who live free from the shackles of religious belief.
Like Islam, Christianity provides that to be a member of the religion, a belief that their holy book, the bible, is divinely inspired or even the literal word of god, and that it is inerrant. But when both the Quran and the bible are put under the microscope of literary examination, both are not the bastions of love and tolerance that many of their respective “experts” say they are. Both books are filled with hate and intolerance and promote the murder of homosexuals, as well as members of other religions. There is no getting around the fact that the bible and Quran have much in common when it comes to “death” commandments for everyone but members of their respective faiths. The moderate Christian or Muslim cannot deny this, and if they do, then they are not “true” to their faith, this even according to their own holy books
The charges against Islam for their unspeakably horrific acts toward infidels cannot be levied against them alone. One simply cannot look past all the evil that Christianity has perpetrated on humankind over the last two thousand years just because good deeds have been done in the name of their religions. Would it be acceptable to include the Ku Klux Klan as good entity if it gave a portion of it’s income to charity or opened a hospital or orphanage? The ends do not justify the means, especially when you consider the proven ability of unbelievers to be altruistic and charitable. When you take away the comparatively little good from all the horrible things that have been done in the name of the Christian and Islamic gods, it becomes quite apparent that there is little use in the world for either religion.
Every day the news wires are rife with violence in the name of Allah or Jesus. Stories of innocent blood spilled in their names are not uncommon and the video channels have no shortage of material by and about Christians or Muslims that only serve to incite more hate against those who do not believe. While the United States and other post-modern nations are trying to advance in areas of science and education to compete successfully in the global arena, Christian and Islamic fundamentalists consistently attempt to push these countries back into further ignorance. Prime examples are the imbecilic ignorance by the Texas Board of Education who have succeeded in further stupefying the next generation of Americans with their revisionist textbooks that only serve to have the rest of the planet to collectively laugh at us and the consistent rantings of Islamic clerics issuing fatwas against cartoonists the world over.
The disease of Islam may be a problem in countries outside the United States, but in America, abortion clinics are being attacked and sometimes destroyed by explosive devices and physicians who are practicing legal medicine are being murdered by Christian extremists. Homosexual high school students are being murdered or committing suicide due to the senseless intolerance of their Christian classmates who have been taught their ideologies by their parents. On the international scene, young boys being molested by Catholic Priests who have vowed to be celibate, which is something that is so unnatural for a human being that the debacle known as the Catholic Church should have seen this coming like a slow-moving freight train.
Christians and Muslims are suffering from the mental illness of delusion. While press coverage is given to the ones who are outwardly psychotic, such as Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church and Osama bin Laden of Al Queda, most Christians and Muslims are in denial of what is real. Their ability to distinguish between reality and fantasy is blurred by their indoctrination, and thus they hold completely inaccurate understandings of world history and most of the sciences. Reason gives way to fairy tales, impossibilities and outright untruths. There exists an abundance of American Christians who still believe that the United States is a Christian nation founded on biblical principles, in spite of the historical documentation that proves otherwise.
While Islam is outward in it’s animosity toward unbelievers, the mainstream Christian will say that they hate nobody because, according to them, Christ commands them to love the sinner but hate the sin. However, like their Muslim counterparts, it inexorably leads to judgment, condemnation and eventual exclusion of even family members from all social circles, and sometimes professional ones. Hating the sin but loving the sinner requires the same separation of sentience from the accused that Islamic doctrine does. In essence, it removes their humanity making it very easy to mete out whatever punishment is deemed appropriate.
Christianity and Islam also share the goal for world domination. As with the Muslim, the ultimate goal for the Christian is theocratic dominion over all aspects of human life. Just as Islamic factions are attempting to infuse Sharia law in the nations where they hold a majority, the religious right in the United States are active in the political arena, attempting to infuse their doctrines, dogmas and moral codes into American laws and constitution.
The theology of world dominion of Christianity and Islam needs to be eradicated. Religion is a poison on our society and has done more to damage the human race than any plague ever has. Christianity, in terms of violence and evangelical fervor, still has a commanding lead over Islam when it comes to atrocities against the human race.
Religious belief by it’s very nature retards new discovery, insight and enlightenment and promotes ancient superstitions brought on by ignorant, bronze-age men who lacked understanding in even the most basic of the sciences and whose punishments for perceived transgressions against their gods involve gross violations of even the most basic human rights.
The comfort that religion offers is a dangerous psychological ruse. The charity it proffers comes at an unacceptable price and can be accomplished just as effectively without the inclusion of dogma, doctrine and the missionary destruction of indigenous cultures. Religious hope is false and irresponsible which relies on methods that are ineffective and come at a steep cost to the human species. It is time to move on as the place for religion in our society, government, classrooms, medical profession, legal system, childcare, communities and in our homes has passed.