Joaquin Tenedora-Forte November 20, 2015
In the song Imagine by John Lennon, He sings about religion being a dividing power. Religion is a relevant topic today after the Paris attacks where in Muslim extremists bomb a concert hall where in they killed one hundred plus people. In my opinion believing in any fundamentalist interpretation of any religion is harmful to people.
For hundreds of years, people thought that religion and morality are intertwined. And that to be a good person you need to have a faith. People overlooked atheism and agnosticism as bad and wrong, people in America thinks that an atheist are the worst kinds and is not qualified to be president. In fact According to Pew Research only 47 percent of people will vote for an atheist president.
People are worse off with religion According to Pew Research, why? The reason is that people are more clingy to their religious identity.and therefore will not help some one who is some what of a different religion than they are, it makes perfect sense because people who are religious are more likely to not see people that are different than them, i.e. Gay people and other minority groups.
Peole who are in a fundamentalist interpretation of a particular religious text are more likely to be hateful and harmful like the KKK who is a Christian group and ISIS, who is a Muslim terror group. Even ordinary religious people are more likely to be harmful than non religious people. For example people who often refer to a said holy book and ignoring the parts that are not convenient on their part like for example in the issue of gay marriage, a person might say that in Leviticus 20:13 and not the part where the bible talks about slavery.
Lastly, John Lennon is right that religion is bad for people. Finally the best idea is to follow the golden rule that is do not do to Others what you do not like others to do to you, it makes so much sense .