Well, it’s an election year and the conservatives appear to have a good lock down on the strong Christian population, ready to re-take the power base by storm if there is the smallest hick-up with the Obama Administration. For that reason, I wasn’t all that shocked to see a giant short article in the WSJ on the subject of religious beliefs just recently. Okay let’s talk.
On or about the 3-day weekend of President’s Day in the USA there was an intriguing short article in the Wall Street Journal’s Review Section entitled; “Religion for Everybody” with a subtitle of; “The Decline of Religion in the West brought a decrease in neighborhood spirit. Could the nonreligious world draw helpful lessons from spiritual life?
“We all stand to learn something from the methods which religious beliefs promotes morality, motivates travel, trains minds, and motivates thankfulness at the charm of life.”
Hole in the Head
So, does the USA need more religious beliefs today, well here is what I say; “like a hole in the head it does.” We do not need more religious beliefs in the United States, it’s a crutch rather honestly, and I can recall the type of neighborhood which works under the pressure of spiritual fundamentalism, should I point out the Salem Witch Trials? Sure, something like that would definitely motivate me to take a trip too, to get from there. Not the kind of neighborhood I am trying to find thank you quite.
Certainly, according to the Salem Witch Trial page on WikiPedia, which you might rule out a feasible source, but I sure do, it’s close enough to show you point of contention; “The 2 courts founded guilty twenty-nine people of the capital felony of witchcraft. 19 of the implicated, 14 women and 5 men, were carried out by hanging.
How about a few of the more basic sects of Islam rather, after all Christians have done some not so good ideas with faith, well, have you become aware of Sharia Law recently, is that your idea of a ‘sense of neighborhood’ because it sure as heck would not be my own.
What about Catholicism? Sure, great deals of Catholics in the US, but what about those uncommon difficulties with Priests, Bishops, and well, kids? Well, even with my review here, the majority of the religious beliefs of the world have some good architecture, which merits.