Religion Causes Blindness


OREGON~~”A Beavercreek couple who left their infant daughter’s fate to God rather than seek medical treatment for a mass that grew over her left eye will face charges of first-degree criminal mistreatment. ..The couple and their church reject medical care in favor of faith-healing — anointing with oil, laying on of hands, prayer and fasting. The parents testified at a juvenile court hearing last week that they never considered getting medical attention.”

SIERRA LEONE~~”According to family sources Zainab’s problem started when an elderly relation one day told her parents that she possessed some supernatural powers and that she needed to be warded off of the evil spirit,”

Mr. Kamara confided, saying Zainab was then taken to a witch doctor who administered several droplets of liquids from herbs in her eye that now affects her sight. He said Zainab had been taken to several eye clinics across the country; and in Freetown they finally told the parents that she has lost sight from her right eye.”

Two examples for the physical blindness that we force onto another generation by the following of religion. These failings are ours as parents and ourselves as Humanity as it becomes a perpetuating intellectual blindness.

Claims that any god is directing this universe in any direction only serves to distract from the inevitability that Humanity will need to move past these superstitious passions in order to move forward. Not to rid ourselves of them as to descend into anarchy but to direct them in more beneficial directions.

To ask to be saved is to accept a supreme authority so as to establish the chain of command in place for those who rule and those who serve. So if the lesson is a requirement for obedience or submission to authority so order can bring prosperity then let us accept that as Truth we must all abide.

Let us not disguise that principle under direction of a mythical consciousness that may or may not intervene based upon a plan that only it can understand. But let that recognition of authority be equitable with clear defined reason and logic so all can have understanding without metaphor or allegory.

Others have argued that we must act as if god cannot and does not help us directly or indirectly. If there is such a god it has distanced itself from us and cannot be relied upon for any guidance.

I argue that belief in god is a result of maturing adaptation of our infant psychology reflected in our adult mentality. It may be important but it holds no supernatural authority or divine significance. It reveals god as only a ghost of Mom and Dad.

If this god grants us Free Will then take it and walk out from that shadow of metaphysical grace into simply being Human.

Have faith in Humanity instead of faith in god. Act for our future instead of your rapture.

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