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  • eduard
    james, All religions are fantasies. That is not to suggest that they do not serve a good purpose. At a specific time and place, they enable people to survive
    Message 1 of 6 , Aug 20, 2002
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      james,

      All religions are fantasies. That is not to
      suggest that they do not serve a good purpose. At
      a specific time and place, they enable people to
      survive against a crisis in their environment.
      But the problem is that a religion requires
      professionals to serve as leaders. When the
      crisis passes, and people would normally just go
      back to their everyday lives, the professionals
      are threatened unemployment. Thus, they become
      interpreters and directors ... the only ones who
      can communicate with the invented god. The power
      and control that they enjoyed during the crisis,
      is something that they seek to maintain. This is
      particularly noticeable in Christianity where
      confessions are made to the priest. If possible,
      these professionals will also seek to incorporate
      their views into law. As for example, the laws
      which forbid businesses to be open on Sundays.
      Fortunately, in Canada, we have gotten beyond
      that. Why should non-believers be forced to give
      up a Sunday which may be the most convenient for
      them to partake in things like yard work or
      perhaps going to a cinema??

      Religion is a fantasy that is to serve the people,
      not the other way around.

      eduard

      -----Original Message-----
      From: james tan [mailto:tyjfk@...]
      Sent: Tuesday, August 20, 2002 11:59 PM
      To: existlist@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [existlist] culture advancements

      eduard,

      u said:
      "I can well understand this as positive
      requirement
      in the 6th century, but times change and a woman
      has a right to the full experience of life that
      SHE may wish to have."

      u know, when it comes to religion, what matters is
      not what she wish to
      have, but what she ought to obey. to me, religion
      is a distortion of the
      human being. marx said it is the opium of the
      mass, whereas i think it is
      obstacles to human fully experiencing life as life
      present itself to him or
      her, a shoddy kind of living, polluting all lively
      possibilities of
      existence. but to each his/her own as they choose
      their religion & kind of
      life. what is tragic is when they cant choose
      their life and death: the
      pakistan woman have to be die (deprived of her
      rights to live) decided by
      some primitive islamic laws. can u imagine? a life
      to satisfy the fulfilment
      of some islamic laws?

      and forget about woman's liberation. they can
      always say allah know best
      (well, at least better than what the west offer)
      what is good for the woman
      as given by those laws. and just for ur
      'edification', god's laws never
      change, it is forever, blah, blah, blah. things do
      not change so easily, esp
      for the 'absolutists' such as believers.

      james.
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