In this column
, David Morris, a community sustainability activist, takes on...organized religion as a whole
, decrying it as superstitious thinking and arguing, basically, that we should get rid of it. This column bothers me for tons of reasons, but here are a couple:
1. Morris completely mischaracterizes a huge proportion of the faithful--the people who have a grounding in reason and science and whose progressive values are actually inspired and guided by their religious beliefs. It's simply false to claim unequivocally, as Morris does, that "modern religions do not practice tolerance." And also sort of oxymoronic coming from someone who is intolerant of organized religion--it's like somebody saying, "I hate all bigots." For every person who uses religious conviction to justify oppression and irrationality, there is at least one other person who uses religious conviction to justify liberation and reason.
2. Even if you're thinking such things, and God knows* I
have on occasion, now is not a very useful time to publish columns about them. The way for progressive groups to build relationships with people of faith is not
to call the things they live and die for "superstitions." We people of reason (who, it may surprise Mr. Morris, are often people of faith as well) currently have our hands full simply defending our rights against the pro-theocracy types. We need to organize people where they're at right now. Let's worry about dismantling something that has been embedded in humanity for tens of thousands of years sometime later, hmm?*hah hah, you've been a great audience, I'll be here all week.