The Continuing Crash of Religion; What Takes Its Place?

By Donald A. Collins | 22 March 2019
Church and State

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A massive tome, “In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy” (Bloomsbury Continuum) by Frederic Martel was released on February 21, 2019, in 20 countries in 8 languages. I have read swiftly through most of its 550 pages and find its main thesis completely plausible: A major percentage of the Catholic hierarchy are homosexuals.

Having lived in San Francisco for nearly 20 years, I want to make very clear that I am not in any way biased against sexual preference, only the hypocrisy that evolves when one hides ones behavior to viciously hide unacceptable behavior.

As I wrote its French author, who is a homosexual,

This is among the most important religious books ever written as it focuses on the utter hypocrisy of the red robed robbers of human freedom.

I have written cynical pieces about what I believe these princes of the church believe but you have done the real work of ferreting out the truth.

Congratulations.

You could send him your views at martel2021@yahoo.com

Naturally the reaction to the book on Amazon for example was very mixed, peppered with objections from many. So be it. He actually did extensive research with personal interviews with church officials and laity.

The point of my argument here is that this ancient institution has finally breached a level of believability that most people, Catholic or agnostic, are not going to continue to support the level of its sway over our increasingly secular world.

Add the almost daily reported vicious aspects of the extreme rightwing Moslem behavior and it is likely that most people, again either Moslem or atheist, find that behavior not acceptable. Furthermore, adherence to such behavior is likely not to be believed or supported in the future when most of its present day adherents come to believe it offers no perceived value. Losing personal freedom to a dictatorship is not an attractive choice.

Front page news of right wing Islamic atrocities hits our media daily. How long can Allah be praised for these kinds of divine interventions?

Or for that matter, how many Christians can continue to say “thanks be to God” or “God will protect me” with such contrary outcomes as the violence of massive shootings? You may not be killed by a passing bus or an errant psycho gunman, but God did not save you, luck did.

Will the drop off to insignificance in the power of these major powerhouse religions be immediate? Of course not.

However, with the growing capacity of all people, linked by technology as never before, to be privy to knowledge which certainly the rising populations of young people will find energizing and opinion changing, we can reasonably predict the majority of the world’s population will not seek in the future to embrace these mythologies. The percentage NOW who don’t is only masked by their fear of stating their true beliefs. As long as our coins and our leaders keep asking God’s help from their podiums, most of us won’t come out of the closet on our true religious feelings.

Okay, now let’s wonder with joy at how we can look out with our telescopes some 9 billion light years to see the farthest object in our far solar systems and still think religious liturgy has relevance in guiding our lives. As Karl Marx noted, “It (Religion) is the opiate of the masses.”

Austin Cline offers us a wonderful insight on the great philosopher which you can read here.

Morality has never been owned by religion despite its constant claims to the contrary. Atheists are both good and bad just as any practitioner of religion. The core values of human behavior come not from religion but from common sense about living together without violence and hatred.

So what is the growing alternative—a world controlled by secular entities such as big companies, repressive dictatorships each representing another just different power group??

Yes, as we know from the behavior of past and present secular regimes, many can be even worse than nations now ruled by religion, but that is no reason to embrace religion, but rather there is a strong case for its rejection.

Let’s return for a moment to the above-mentioned dimension of our growing ability to probe the vastness of our universe and those billions of orbs beyond. Let’s admit that the primitive orthodoxies of religion that have captured human attention is surely on the wane.

Easter Christians and those who join churches for commercial or social advantage have long been common behaviors. Why bother? Many people have already voted with their feet. When will religion become irrelevant? Probably not in my lifetime, but surely within the lifetimes of my six great granddaughters.

We know that the dying gasps for these faiths will be filled with bad writhing including the kind of violence that those losing power always exhibit. However, the death knell has been sounded!

As the grim news of our environmental problems elevates, any powerful alternative forces controlling human behavior must be increasingly focused on the deterioration of our planetary wellbeing. That human population has gone in my lifetime (since 1931) from 2 billion to nearly 8 billion has profoundly changed our capacity to survive.

City dwellers note traffic congestion as never before but most of us won’t give up our cars and the alleged freedom that sitting in a stew in traffic now affords. That selfish quality of human egotism uber alles may well doom human life on our planet.

Instead of asking God for guidance we better start asking our best minds and entities for help. They are there waiting and often even now trying to act in our best interests. We must find them and give them more power.

As with religion and in our fragile democracy, we know that the division of governing power is central to advancing overall human welfare. Has the greatest democracy ever created in the world, the USA, gotten out of balance? Have the rich and powerful ignored the less fortunate in a big time manner. Obviously yes.

Will God fix our democracy? Hardly. Only human understanding of our dire situation can wring meaningful change in time to save our tiny orb from further massive planetary troubles. Few admit that humans could be a past species, but we could be.

The era of predominant control time for these dangerous powerful inhibitors of freedom (be it religions or dictatorships or oligarchies) is now dramatically shifting, but some forces are going to remain. Only humans can decide the outcome.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC., has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013.

From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013

By Donald A. Collins
Publisher: Church and State Press (July 30, 2014)
ASIN: B00MA40TVE
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3 COMMENTS

  1. Perhaps we are indeed on the threshold of our having the opportunity to make sure that our leaders begin to lead with reason and without regard for self-interest, without any consideration of foolish faith or mythological considerations and actions.

  2. The first critical move is to (voluntarily and humanely) reduce the birth rate. Then perhaps use the UN Declaration of Human Rights as a world moral code, to replace arcane religious rules. Few can disagree with this document

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