Religion Leads to Poor Ethics
Judge John E. Jones III ruled that it is unconstitutional for a Pennsylvania school district to present intelligent design in high school science courses because it is not science but merely religion.
Further, the judge issued this scathing commentary about two of the intelligent design proponents:
"It is ironic that several of these individuals, who so staunchly and proudly touted their religious convictions in public, would time and again lie to cover their tracks and disguise the real purpose behind the I.D. policy."
Unfortunately, it is really not ironic at all. Religion breeds corruption and evil. It is no coincidence that in this time when religious republicans have control of our government we are simultaneously in the midst of a culture of corruption. Religion, corruption and low ethics go hand in hand. Highly religious muslims are committing murder while christians are stealing and cheating and invading other countries on false pretenses. Religion and evil are twin brothers.
Has there ever been a time in the history of humanity when religion was powerful while corruption and evil were held in check? I don't think so. When religion ruled we had the dark ages and the inquisitions and the crusades and all manner of evil.
The periods of freedom from superstition coincided with an increase in ethics. The Rennaissance was also called the enlightenmen as well as the age of reason. These were periods of increasing ethics. Reason breeds ethics while religious superstition breeds evil.
It's a fact that few people are aware of - religion causes evil. Who would you trust to tell the truth and behave ethically - a nutty liberal who believes in his principles or a nut wearing his religion on his sleeve? I'm not a liberal because I believe in free enterprise, not socialism, but I definitely will trust liberal over some phony, smiling christian any day of the week.
Why does religion destroy ethics? Have you ever seen those bumper stickers that say, "I'm not perfect, just forgiven"? Isn't that just a way of saying, "I plan to do bad things and still feel good because I'm christian and god will forgive me"? Isn't that a predisposition for doing bad things? Isn't that way mafioso in Italy can murder in the morning and then ask forgivness in the afternoon and never feel guilt or remorse? Perhaps that's why the mafia comes from the same place as the catholic church. Religious people have it ingrained in their subconscious that if they cross an ethical boundary, they can always fall back on a backup plan - forgiveness. They know they can get rid of the guilt that nags them by praying and asking god for forgiveness. This ridiculous nonsense pre-wires the subconscious of the christian to be less concerned about violating ethics because they have a foolproof backup plan for eliminating guilt.
The notion that religion brings ethics to society is deeply wrong. The truth is - religion destroys ethics! Faith is evil, reason is sacred!