25 Jun



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Punishment. Stoning, flogging, hundreds of lashes, burning at stakes, mutilation, amputations, blinding, drowning. All methods legitimately used by religions over the centuries – and too often even today in countries where extreme interpretation of old texts is considered to be law – and let’s be honest, Islamic texts almost exclusively.

These are the tools of religion. These are the ways and means that those who have gathered a little power and wealth for themselves from often pauper masses retain that power and wealth.

Tithes. Ten percent of nearly nothing for the preacher. That’s in Catholic and Protestant churches in fairly recent times. Ten percent. Fair enough if you have a congregation of nine, I suppose, but with a congregation of hundreds?

That’s real wealth, that is. Better keep it.

Through fear.

Hell awaits those who don’t pay up!

Eternal damnation, sulphurous fires tormenting undead flesh for the kind of eternity it’s hard to comprehend.

When I was a schoolboy the religious instruction teacher tried to make us understand a piece of nonsense (I’ve forgotten what) that even then had been questioned critically, and he caned one boy for failing to parrot the tripe. Better, I suppose, than eternal damnation, but evil anyway.


The playing of ideas to the developing brain with such a determined regularity that it becomes imprinted permanently.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son… Prove it!

God? Prove any god’s existence.

In your mind, in your head, you can have a deity. It’s yours. You have every right to it. I’ve got mine. I need mine. But I’ll not foist it onto you. Not any of you. Not one word of it. Nor will I demand you contribute your wealth to it. No deity worth his salt needs money! The big one, the one that supposedly created the Earth and everything on it and put it at the centre of everything, does he need ten pence or ten pounds from me? What for?

They worked it out in the Middle East when they were devising their gods, way back when the height of technology was smelting bronze. They worked out how to grow rich by demanding tithes and generating fear a-plenty if you couldn’t afford to pay. Punishment, real physical punishment now and in the hereafter when you’ve succumbed to mortality. The Old Testament explains a few, mostly involving the painful deaths of women. And the Qur’an, though I’ve not read that catalogue of torture recently.

Meriam Ibrahim. Delivered of her baby whilst chained to a prison cell for worshipping the wrong god. Freed, then recaptured for allegedly forging her documents. They’ll find a way of punishing, maybe even killing, her. They’re almost bound to. It’s the way they keep control of their people. It’s in their good books. It’s part of faith.

Their faith, not mine.

If there’s ever to be a better world then their organised faith, Islam, and the others – Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, all the hangers-on, really must be disbanded. Let me keep my personal faith, and you keep yours. But all the stuff that depends on fear and control, that’s just got to be swept away. It really has.

We’re not ants in an ants-nest with God as the queen ant, are we?

Look at the fortune tied up in ecclesiastical buildings. Then look at the starving poor.

Do the sums. Decide what’s right.

But, in your head, keep your own faith.

©Peter Rogerson 25.06.14



  1. pambrittain June 25, 2014 at 9:57 pm #

    Right on, and thank you for foisting it on me.

    • Peter Rogerson June 26, 2014 at 9:18 am #

      My pleasure, Pam. I believe in foisting.

      • pambrittain June 26, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

        I meant, not foisting it on me, but foist away if you must.

  2. Peter Rogerson June 27, 2014 at 4:23 pm #

    There’s foisting and there’s foisting, and this was one or the other…

    • pambrittain June 27, 2014 at 7:05 pm #

      Now you’re juggling.

      • Peter Rogerson June 28, 2014 at 8:39 am #

        I never claimed to be able to juggle. But if I am, that’s something new on my CV!

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