>> Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I am somewhat a free thinker and I frequently find myself diametrically opposed to the religious right on many issues. I've frequently been frustrated by the apparent attitude of many visible religious leaders when it comes to tolerance and open-mindedness to such things as science.
I, personally, am uncomfortable looking to anyone else to decide my morals. However, although antagonistic to certain visible individuals, I have long maintained that these attitudes aren't necessarily endemic to those who are religious (or, specifically, Christian). I've also thought anything that people use to encourage them to become better people is good. My issue, really, is only with those that use religion as a divisive wedge, as an excuse to hate.
This article brought that message home. When you see Pat Robertson talking about Haiti getting what they deserve because of their deal with the devil, it's easy to forget that there are many Christians (and people of other faiths) who use their love of God as a springboard to do good for others.
So, I thought I'd provide a reminder. This editorial from the New York Times is all about people who have channeled their religious fervor into doing good for people around the world, without pushing a religious agenda. It reminds me that, although there are many things in history that reflect poorly on most organized religions, there have been good things done during every period of history with the same inspiration.
Just thought I'd mention it.