One of my goals with this site is to show the pervasive influence of organized religion on the world. What's the big deal? The big deal is that religion or spirituality is a personal matter that each person is free to pursue or not pursue as they see fit. When organization sets in, rules are soon to follow - rules that everyone must adhere to. You can only be a good Christian if you follow all the rules, as well as vote Republican, hate homosexuals and do, say and believe whatever your church leaders tell you to do.
What do you think would happen to a group of good religious Christian people who up and decided to not hate gays anymore? They should be free to do that shouldn't they? After all, they are still good Christians...or are they? You need look no further than what is going on in the Episcopalian church for your answer.
A segment of the church decided to ordain gay bishops and all hell broke loose - up to and including a potential split from the main body of the church. I find this particularly amusing considering the fact that the Episcopal church began because they(or Henry VIII more specifically) wanted a divorce and the Pope wouldn't give him one, so he started his own church. And from those humble beginnings, rooted in the foundation of GOOD CHRISTIAN VALUES, they get all in a tizzy when someone has the audacity to do the very same thing. So I ask you, does this division help the world? Does it feed the hungry, cure the sick or build community?
But I digress. As I began to do research for this site, I noticed something very interesting. I started by doing some google searches for "Christian News" overwhelmingly these sites were all right wing evangelical sites whose primary "news" was showing all the ways the poor helpless Christians were being persecuted. From there I went on to look for "Religious News" and "Religion News." Here you would imagine you would get news about religion, and you'd be right, all the way to the right to be exact, as lo and behold it was more of the same. More Christian-only right wing claptrap. Not global religious news, not news about religions of the world and their goings on, but more persecution and propaganda spewing. This reminded me of an Eddie Izzard joke where he makes fun of America for winning the World Series every year.
Since Christianity is the ONLY religion, all religious news must be for them. But here was the interesting thing, there is no corresponding phenomena from other religious sects and/or philosophies. Searches for "Buddhist News", "Hindu News," "Atheist News," or "Wiccan News" didn't turn up any sites about propaganda or persecution. There were only a handful of sites at all, and they were dedicated to reporting news ABOUT the religion, and most of it was positive and none of it was propaganda or dogma and none of it sought to deride or malign or marginalize anyone - unlike the other ones. The Muslim and Jewish news sites were more international news, albeit from their perspective, but still "real" news about the "real" world, not obviously slanted, edited or fabricated nonsense geared only to agitate.
This is the function of organized religion - it does not promote goodwill, equality, understanding or global citizenship it promotes division, inequality and intolerance. It only loves money, mission and conversion. It's only goal is to spread like a virus to attract more money and more missionaries and more conversions.
If you want to truly be a good Christian or Muslim or Jew, practice your beliefs and keep them to yourself where they belong. Lead by example without looking for credit for your God. If a god is truly God, then he or she doesn't need your money, your approval or your vote.