Religion is dead – why not burying her? A tribute to the victims of the “Charlie Hebdo Attack”

The barbaric coward attack on Charlie Hebdo urges me to ask: ‘why not prohibiting religion if all it ever did was discriminating, torturing, abusing and killing millions of citizens?’

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Title page at Charlie Hebdo (Source: http://www.charliehebdo.fr/index.html)

Societies, freedom of speech and intellectualism have never been more at stake than these days. Fanatics of all colour have made our lives that of a bird sitting in a cage and waiting to die without ever being able to sing the songs responsible for it to sit in that cage in the first hand.
A few weeks ago it was someone trying to tell us what kind of movies should be watched at cinemas and now, some hard-core idiots threatening art and the freedom of speech in its entirety. How much longer should we tolerate a boiling pot of shit that was obviously due to overcook a long time ago?

Religion has emerged as an answer for all those humans that are not strong enough to face the fact that they don’t understand their existence. It later evolved to a tool that helped to abuse, threaten, discriminate against, torture and kill millions of citizens over centuries. Why, after two centuries of Enlightenment[1], after science provided a tool to replace religious blindness with reason, do we still accept that religion terrorizes our daily lives? If it’s wrong to publish a cartoon illustrating Mohammed[2], why shouldn’t we prohibit the worship of said Mohammed?
If he is the source of so much trouble, then eliminate it.

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(Picture source: http://storyful.com/stories/10433-charlie-hebdo-firebombed-over-mohammed-cartoon)

When small children don’t play peacefully because they can’t agree on how to share, parents often take away their toys. It’s one of the most effective measures against meaningless fighting. I wonder why we don’t learn from parents that did a better job than the parents of fanatics like the barbarians who killed the people that make our lives richer. Take away their toys, condemn and prohibit:

  • Religion in all its forms and entirety (-> replace it by education)
  • All warship of idols; public or private
  • The manufacturing, trade and possession of weapons
  • Any kind of public threat in the form of discrimination against freedom of speech in all its colours

[1] Although we should be careful with that and assess „how many of us have really benefited from it?”.

[2] Of whom nobody has ever seen a real picture!

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About blaubear

Born in 1973 in a small village in rural Switzerland and into a society largely dominated by cows (not only was the human population of one-hundred-and-forty outnumbered by them, but politics driven by unreasonable subsidies for diary products) I was connected with nature from early age on. Observing nature on one hand and the deficiencies of a dysfunctional Swiss agricultural policy with farmers that had lost connection to the land that provided their income on the other, I soon started to question society and the meaning of life. Suffering also under a farcical public education I developed curiosity to discover on my own. That was how I soon learned that little of what I had been taught was true. Skepticism and interaction with people from for me new cultures fostered my interest for the world and eagerness to leave a life shaped by federalistic layman-ship. At the age of twenty-three I hit the road for the first time, an event that later translated into passion. Traveling between cultures has since become part of my life. At the age of thirty-three I finally realized my dream and did a degree in Environmental Engineering from which I graduated in 2009, only to leave Switzerland once more for my "real home" Spain. Unfortunately, the stay was a short one: a couple of months later I was offered a job in Southeast Asia, where I worked and also lived (with some interruptions, e.g. I live in Melbourne since late 2012) ever since. Having worked for a Japanese company earlier in my life, I soon felt captured again by Asian culture and thinking which makes a lovely contrast to my European heritage. My journey through different countries and cultures has taught me that regardless of how different our thinking and values are, no matter what approaches we take, we all can learn from each other. And if we are open enough to see the common instead of pointing out the differences, then we have a chance to live in harmony and peace: Life is all about integration, not exclusion! It's an old wisdom that "knowledge is power", as such I never get tired of being around new people, having interesting talks, and reading lots of good books. I hope that my blog can contribute to the conversation.
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2 Responses to Religion is dead – why not burying her? A tribute to the victims of the “Charlie Hebdo Attack”

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