by Acharya S
Is religion a
force for good or evil?
Warning: The following article contains disturbing and
graphic language regarding the volatile and often violent nature of
It is meant to illustrate how religion
has been used to spread hatred and intolerance of worldwide, in a
variety of faiths. This short article is meant for educational
purposes only, in the hope that humanity will learn from its past
and not repeat it. Please note that it is almost entirely composed
of quotes from other publications.
Many people believe that religion is a force for good that has
brought God into their lives. But, does the record of
religious belief reveal it as a force for good or evil?
The Roots of Anti-Semitism
"With the wrath of an Old Testament
prophet, historian Dagobert Runes (whose mother was
killed by the Nazis) blamed the Christian church for the
"'Everything Hitler did to the
Jews, all the horribly unspeakable misdeeds, had already
been done to the smitten people before by the Christian
churches.... The isolation of Jews into ghetto camps, the
wearing of the yellow spot, the burning of Jewish books, and
finally the burning of the people - Hitler learned it all
from the church. However, the church burned Jewish women and
children alive, while Hitler granted them a quicker death,
choking them first with gas.'
"Dr Runes said Christian priests and
ministers still were inculcating hostility to Jews as the Third
"'The clergymen don't tell you
whom to kill; they just tell you whom to hate,' he wrote.
'The Christian clergymen start teaching their young at the
tenderest age that THE Jews killed the beloved, gentle Son
of God; that God Himself, the Father, punished
THE Jews by dispension and the burning of their holy city;
that God holds THE Jews accursed forever....'
"'For all the 2,000 years, there was no act of war against
the Jews in which the church didn't play an intrinsic part.
And whenever there was a trace of mercy, charity, or
tolerance to be found amid the savagery, it came not from
the church but from humanitarians in the civil world, as in
Napoleonic France or during the American Revolution....'
"'Some fancy that these brutal outrages...occurred only in
the Dark Ages, as if this were an excuse. Nay, when George
Washington was president, Jewish people were burning on the
spit in Mexico.... Wherever there are Christian churches
there is anti-Semitism.'"
by James Haught
Judaism - 4,000 Years
of Massacring Neighbors
"The massacre at Dueima in 1948 was
perpetrated by the official Labor Zionist Israeli army, the
Israel Defense Forces (Tzeva
Haganah le-Israel or ZA-HAL).
The account of the massacre, as
described by a soldier who participated in the horror, was
published in Davar, the official Hebrew daily newspaper
of the Labor-Zionist-run Histadrut General Federation of
"'They killed between eighty to
one hundred Arab men, women and children. To kill the
children they [soldiers] fractured their heads with sticks.
There was not one home without corpses. The men and women of
the villages were pushed into houses without food or water.
Then the saboteurs came to dynamite them.
"'One commander ordered a soldier to bring two women into a
building he was about to blow up... Another soldier prided
himself upon having raped an Arab woman before shooting her
to death. Another Arab woman with her newborn baby was made
to clean the place for a couple of days, and then they shot
her and the baby. Educated and well-mannered commanders who
were considered "good guys"... became base murderers, and
this is not in the storm of battle, but as a method of
expulsion and extermination. The fewer the Arabs who remain,
The Hidden History of Zionism
(pag.24) by Ralph Schoenman
Slavery by the "Good
"In another area of human rights,
many Christian clergymen advocated slavery. Historians Larry
Hise notes in his book, Proslavery, that ministers
'wrote almost half of all defenses of slavery published in
America.' He listed 275 men of the cloth who use the Bible to
prove that white people were entitled to own black people as
God is a
"In December 1984, on Mohammed's
birthday, Khomeini told his people:
"'War is a blessing for the
world and for all nations. It is God who incites men to
fight and to kill.
The Koran says,
"Fight until all corruption
and all rebellion have ceased."
The wars the Prophet led against
the infidels were a blessing for all humanity. Imagine that
we soon will win the war. That will not be enough, for
corruption and resistance to Islam will still exist.
The Koran says,
"War, war until victory!..."
The mullahs with corrupt hearts
who say that all this is contrary to the teachings of the
Koran are unworthy of Islam. Thanks to God, our young
people are now, to the limits of their means, putting
God's commandments into action. They know that to kill
the unbelievers is one of man's greatest missions.'
"Amid all the killing, Iran also declared war on sexuality.
Women were commanded to shroud themselves so completely that
no lock of hair showed. Morality patrols in white jeeps
cruised streets, arresting women for being 'badly veiled'
and sending them to prison camps for three-month
rehabilitation courses. Western magazines entering Iran went
first to censors who laboriously blacked out every woman's
picture except for her eyes."
"Philosopher Bertrand Russell
"'Religion is based... mainly
upon fear... fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of
death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no
wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand.... My
own view on religion is that of Lucretius. I regard it as
a disease born of fear and as a source of untold
misery to the human race.'"
Need we say more? Religion
equals racism, sexism, speciesism, self-hatred,
exploitation, slavery, war. We the people of the earth
No races, no religions, no
duality, no war.
All beliefs comprise doubts. Know the truth. Stop the
Go beyond belief into the
known! Become religiousness. Meditate.