As some of you may know, I am a big fan of Bill Maher…well, I have always been a big fan of his t.v. shows (Politically Incorrect, both on the Comedy Channel and, later, on ABC and now Real Time with Bill Maher). His stand-up? Honestly, I could take it or leave it. But I do think he is quite smart, very funny and I tend to agree with his politics far more often than not, which is a bonus.
Anyway, so The Old Man and I rented Religulous and watched it last night.
Now, I struggle with my own spiritual beliefs. I am avidly anti-Religion, because I think of religions more as political forces than anything else and I’m sure we can all agree that religions have been the cause of more discord, war, torture and abhorrent behavior than any other organization in the history of man. Therefore, although I was raised a Baptist, I have run-away from any organized religion since I was old enough to figure that out, which was about the age of 12.
I also think that subscribing to an organized religion is cheating. I think it is our job in this life to figure this stuff out and if you just let someone else do all the work and believe everything he tells you, you are lazy and that’s a complete cop-out. I also think that a whole lot of people seem to attach themselves to religion out of fear – the end of days are coming and you don’t want to go to hell, now do you? So you’d better be good…I mean, is the fear of going to hell really a reason to be a good person? And don’t you think God knows what your motives are?