This is a response to a couple emails received from my readers. Thank you for the thought provoking articles and emails!
More harm has been done in the name of religion than under any other banner. The reason religion is so damaging is that it is used to reduce and remove personal responsibility. That directly conflicts with the universal need for people to be self-directed and self-reliant; plotting their own future and relying on themselves to make a purposed and intended future happen.
In the US, the split between church and state has had unintended consequences. The original intent was to allow people to choose their own religious experience because diversity of ideas is a very good thing – assuming it’s done in an open and consensus building forum. However, driving norms out of American society in the name of religious tolerance is destroying Western culture. For instance, the gross ignorance expressed by Ilhan Omar concerning CAIR and 9/11 demonstrates that she is guided by the principles of Islam rather than Christianity. 9/11 was and is a tragedy that has yet to be reconciled: the guilty have not received just retribution, nor have they redeemed their actions through repentance. Now we have a member of Congress that clearly doesn’t understand the religious principles that underpin America, and is at odds with the majority of her peers. (And I’d guess she’s at odds with her constituents, but who knows about Minnesota?) The point being that one of the most important national assemblies, dare I say a church?, is internally conflicted and is no longer an open and consensus building forum.
I conclude that religion is necessary, but that the historical institutions of religion, churches, are nearly always corrupting influences rather than beacons of enlightenment. You can see the slow degradation of Congress as an example, or check out the track record of Christianity in teaching abstinence as the only contraceptive unmarried couples should need.