War And Prayer

Or should it be War On Prayer? George W. Bush, despite his prayer breakfasts, happily went to war when he thought this benefited his country. Tony Blair, a staunch Anglican, became a staunch Catholic, while happily going to war when his country was not under attack. They acted in no way differently than an Atheist Prime Minister or President would have reacted under the same circumstances and based on the information available to them. Here in Spain extreme religious fervor hits the streets every Spring with young men waiting years to carry an idol of the Virgin through the crowd, but statistically at least, speed, steal, hit, betray, murder, belittle, insult, swear, rob, kill, injure, defraud, and lie as much and sometimes even more as young inhabitants of regions not having religious fervor in their blood. In other words and across the board, morals in religious nations are not markedly superior, and Honduras or El Salvador not ethically or otherwise above Finland or the Czech Republic in any way, despite people in Central America sinking to their knees a lot.

Even pious secondhand car dealers carry on like any one else, religion making no damn difference anywhere, not to bankers, soldiers, actors, senators, drivers, tailors, sailors, waiters, plumbers, grocers, engineers, musicians, builders or wreckers. So what is this religion bit but decoration or at times a valium pill? Nobody guided by it in their daily conduct, except for personal or perceived national gain sometimes.

Business as Usual! Churches and Cathedrals should hang up signs on their doors saying: C’mon in! Don’t You Worry About Us! Atheists by and large seeming less sanguine, more intelligent and mainly better off. So that if personal wealth alienates one from the gospel, it also makes many behave more like saints.

I don’t know about Democritus and Lucretius, ancient secular thinkers, but Baron d’Holbec, Diderot, Hume, Voltaire, Rousseau et al, besides the first written atheists in a thousand years at a time when even during the European Enlightenment epoch it was still physically dangerous to be so, as it happened also were very well off. And now I read that Robespierre kind of sympathized with nature-boy Rousseau’s free natural impulses, but nevertheless helped keeping religion strong in order to control the crowds after the French revolution. Vive the Meek! Yet paradoxically Lenin and the boys eliminated all religion to the same end, in Bolshevik Russia.

Islam has been kept furious by keeping people furiously poor. It loses most if not all of its clout where Arab capitalism succeeds and a majority of people gain ‘normal’ daily lives in a materialistic sense, when suddenly it all seems to make little difference to a man and his family, except again for personal use, like those infidels Blair and Bush.

So go ahead, screw around, screw up, screw them, then ask for a little forgiveness, killing the godless, those rich bastards, when you can.

Who cares!


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