Religion must die, for man kind to live. The hour is becoming very late to endulge in having key decisions made by religious people, by irrationalists, by those who would steer the ship of state not by a compass, but by the equivelant of reading the end trails of a chicken. George Bush prayed a lot about Iraq, but didn’t learn a lot about Iraq. Faith means making a virtue out of not thinking. Those who preach faith, and enable and elevate it, are intellectual slave holders, keeping mankind in a bondage, through fantasy and nonsense, that has spawned and justified so much destruction. Religion is dangerous because it allows human beings who don’t have all the answers, to think that they do. Most people would think it’s wonderful when someone says, “I’m willing Lord, I’ll do whatever you want me to do.” Except there are no gods actually talking to us, that void is filled in by people with their own corruption, and limitations, and agendas. And anyone that tells you they know, they just know, what happens when you die, I promise you they don’t. How could I be so sure? Because I don’t know, and you do not possess mental powers that I do not, the only appropriate attitude for man to have about the “big questions” is not the arrogant sertitude that is the hallmark of religion, but doubt. Doubt is humble, and that’s what man needs to be considering that human history is just littered with getting shit dead wrong. This is why rational people, anti-religious, must end their timidity and come out and assert themselves. And those who consider themselves only moderately religious, really need to look in the mirror and realize that the solace and comfort that comes along with religion, actually comes at a terrible price. If you belong to a political party, or a social club that was tied to as much homophobia, violence, and sheer ignorance as religion is, you’d resign in protest. To do otherwise, is to be an enabler, a mafia wife, but the true devils of extremism that draw their legitimacy from millions of their fellow travelers. If the world does come to an end, or if it limps into the future, decimated by the effects of a religion inspired nuclear terrorism, lets remember what the real problem was. That we learned how to perceive mass death, before we got passed the neurological disorder of wishing for it. That’s it, grow up or die.
- Bill Maher , Religulous (2008) 1hr 41 min.