Just got me thinking: Most of the truly bloody wars in this planet's history have involved differign religious views, to one extent or another. OK, let's keep that thought in mind for a minute. Now, most of the countries that we will end up dealing with are NOT Christian. So, add those two things together, and hold on to that for another moment.
Now, look at all the brouhaha that goes into your average political commercials. The info you glean form them basically boils down to three facts:
One: the person's party affiliation (which is the only part that matters to most people, sadly)Ignoring the inherent problem with that alone for now (that's a whole 'nother rant!), here's what this ends up boiling down to: we elect people to these positions of power who are deeply religious, and then we expect them to deal with the rest of the world, who has either screwed up and done the same thing, or didn't have a choice in their ruler, which tends to mean they even heavier on the 'religious zealot' scale.
Two: Why they hate their opponent
Three: What a good, God-fearing family man he is
Is it any wonder our world is in conflict? Wouldn't it make more sense to elect an atheist, or, even better, an agnostic? Someone that can not only respect another's views on this stupid subject, but can bypass them in favor of getting to the issue at hand and SOLVING IT in a calm and rational manner, without a lot of mumbo-jumbo getting in the way of a pewrfectly good solution?
Look at the major conflicts in the world today: Isreal vs.Palestine and Us vs. The Middle East. The conflict between Isreal and Palestine boils down to this: both want to lay claim to a chunk of land as "holy ground" and those who are in it won't let the others in. IT'S DIRT, KIDS...WHO CARES?!? The Middle East sees us as the 'Great Satan', and we see them as a bunch of loonies, so they terrorize us and others, attempting to do...what? Well, no one's really sure, but I'm guessing that since they cannot win an actual war with us, they're just gonna needle us as much as they can. Why? Because our gods are not their gods.
I'll say it again: WHO FUCKING CARES?!? Believe what you want to believe, you have my support...but the moment you say that someone else's beliefs are wrong, you've failed the test. Until you can come up with some proof that your god is the "real" god, and your god is who you think he is, then you have nothing but a dream. Religion is a dream, kids, that's all. It's pretty, and you can get someone to tell you what it means, or you can try and figure out what it means on your own, but you have NO FACTS...it doesn't exist anywhere but in YOUR HEAD.
Any other time someone tries to say what's in their head is real, we lock them away as crazy. Think about it.