Want to know why I’m opposed to religion? Watch this video. It illustrates the number one reason I believe religion is a horrible force in society. There are several things I think are noteworthy:
- At the very beginning, we can tell that these folks — homeless, begging for change in a Wal-mart parking lot, with their son in tow — are not even the slightest bit upset with their god for allowing them to get in this situation. They are SURE that this is all part of his plan. They’re happy to go along for the ride.
- Notice that the guy offering them the money doesn’t ask them to renounce their god, or become atheists, or anything like that. He just offers them $20 to make two lines through the word “God” on their sign. They’re free to use $0.20 of that money to get another piece of paperboard and make a new sign. But they’re both afraid and defiant. They’re afraid that it’s the work of Satan. They’re defiant because this isn’t about the money. It’s about respecting their religion. (Islam, anyone??)
- Some readers might point out that in the end, the family takes the money, so religion hasn’t really had that big an effect. But we must realize that it was many minutes into the conversation, and after much persuading and cajoling by the filmmaker that they accepted the money. Consider: If the guy had asked them to take $20 to cross out the word “Me,” they’d likely have taken it in a heartbeat. Consider: They did NOT do what the filmmaker asked. The filmmaker gave in and let them do something less offensive to their consciences.
- I feel awful for the kid. He’s growing up learning that such defiance and religious obstinateness is BETTER than feeding children. He’s learning that his parents love god more than they love him.
A few days ago, I wrote the following:
Unfortunately, the “let God deal with it” meme is extremely popular, especially among evangelicals. The degree to which people abandon their own fate varies between believers. Some feel like God still expects them to get off their duffs and do some leg work, but others genuinely believe that all they have to do is sit back and wait for the God Lottery to pay off big.
These folks believe they won the God Lottery. Dimes will get you dollars that they went into their RV and thanked their god for delivering $20 into their hands as a reward for defending his honor. They saw the hand of god at work in their lives. They thanked him for his blessings.
And THAT, ladies and gentleman, is why I am opposed to religion.