Religion isn’t just about gods, fear, and indifference. It’s about forcefully imposing your personal agenda onto others in such a fashion that it creates resistance and hate. It doesn't matter if your belief comes from a deity, an alien, or an ancient spirit, or for that matter the flying spaghetti monster.
I remember a few years ago when my good friend Bob, an atheist looked at me and said, “I’ve never met a Christian like you.”
“What do you mean?" I replied.
“You’re not trying to push anything on me, you’re never defensive, you’re not trying to prove that there is a God.”
I’ll never forget what came out of my mouth, cause it was never something I’d ever thought about or heard before.
“That’s how you’ll know true believers when you see em. They know God's not insecure, so they’re not insecure. When people argue it proves they're living out of their personal insecurity and doubt because they constantly have to try to prove themselves to everyone around them. When you know something deep inside, you don't have to go around parading or arguing it."
You can stand for what you believe in without promoting violent indifference. Arguing our case only reveals our deep insecurities and need to control all outcomes into our desired favor. This is the ugliness of religion; this is what needs to die; this is what starts wars, kills people. Religion is something we all need to lose.
You don't have to be a Christian, a Buddhist, a Jew or a Muslim to be religious. You can be an atheist, an agnostic. It's not the name of the religion that makes it a religion. It's not that it infers a deity or not. It's how you hold it, how it rules you, how it's impossible or at least difficult to hear the view or lifestyle of others, without projecting your own in some form of insecure defensiveness.
With all of the extreme indifference going on right now regarding gay marriage, the Confederate flag, and whatever the next distraction from love and unity that comes will be.
We ought to Remember 911. Remember when our country was attacked? Remember how for a week, maybe a month, or maybe a year we all just looked at each other as Americans. We found common ground in the tragedy and came together on how to heal together as a nation, as humans. It didn't matter if you were gay or straight, right wing or left wing, remember that?
What if the enemy is not Isis, terrorists, what if the enemy is our religion? What if the enemy is anything that causes us to not look at each other with the great value and respect that our common humanity deserves?
My dad thinks I'm a hippy, no offense to hippies, but I hope I am an idealist. I hope this podcast inspires us to drop our walls whatever they may be, to lose our religion together.
Our common enemy is our religion; our common ally is our humanity.
Let's do this Citizens!