The Sad State of American Religion

After reading all the nonsense about which candidates believe in God, I’d about made up my mind that the country’s religious are in need of psychological counseling. It was the endorsement by a supposedly religious university of a certain Republican candidate for president—what’s his name? You know…that nasty, narcissistic, bullying, celebrity-type guy? Oh well, maybe it’ll come to me later—anyway that endorsement is what finally helped me make up my mind. I’m now leaning toward mass institutionalization. I’d like to say it’s for the good of the mad among us but I’m really more concerned for the safety of the rest of the world.

Here’s what that endorsement tells me, America. Your religion is a stinky, shoddy piece of wreckage. Let me be clear because I know how much you all love your peculiar definition of the good—I’m not condemning religion, I’m trying to rehabilitate it.

The sad truth is, your country is in the thrall of the evil one and many of your leaders, including your religious leaders, are resigned to being the devil’s puppets. Therefore your brand of patriotism is a joke. Here you are congratulating yourselves for endorsing a guy whose religion you full well know is nothing more than lip-service, and what you’ve really done is endorse the devil himself. Do you really not see this?

Oh I see, maybe you’re calling this a pragmatic decision? You endorse him because you think he can beat the other party’s candidate? If so, you’ve just relinquished your religion’s only reason for being. I think this would explain how the country got into this mess in the first place.

Now who is the other candidate whom you refuse to name but whom you fear most of all? You know who I’m talking about don’t you? Yes of course you do, it’s not even necessary to say his name. Okay then I won’t say it either. Besides the tone of this article would only embarrass him—he prefers to call to the goodness in us.

And that’s really all that this has been about—the attempt to rescue our common morality and humanity. And make no mistake, this is the religious endeavor of our time. If you need proof I could name a certain religious leader who I think is part of the effort to rehabilitate religion. Strangely many of his own people have turned a deaf ear to him as well. My my, we seem to be in the midst of a deafness epidemic! But you, of all people, should be able to appreciate the religious nature of this effort without having it explained to you, that is if you really are the people you claim to be.

In case you really don’t get it, here are a few pointers:

Encouraging hatred of others for political gain is morally wrong.

Denying workers a living wage is morally wrong.

Doing these things while flaunting one’s own power and privilege is despicable.

Acting as if the democratic process is a reality show invented to showcase one’s own celebrity is an affront to the democratic process.

A ‘religious’ institution who chooses such a candidate, when it could have endorsed the candidate promoting kindness, fairness and justice, reveals itself to be anything but religious.

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