“We are all God’s Children.” “We must not judge our brothers. God will be the ultimate judge.” “Love one another as God loves you.”
These were just a few of the words I heard growing up in a Catholic family. We went to church a minimum of two days a week, often times more.
When I became an adult, I began to have my doubts about the sincerity of the Church’s teachings, and the ‘fables’ we were supposed to believe. I looked at other religions, and found that they differed from Catholicism in doctrine, but mostly in very small ways. The biggest difference I discovered was that Catholicism ruled its followers through fear tactics, Jews taught guilt, and most protestants claimed to have “found the way”. Whatever that meant.
I knew little about the “Church of Latter Day Saints”, better known as the Mormons. I knew it was a very secretive, and a very wealthy organization, second only to Catholics. Then my brother became a member of the Mormon Church while in the Army, and stationed in Hawaii.
My knowledge of his new faith did not increase greatly. When he married, I was not allowed to be in the ‘inner sanctum’ of the temple, because I was not a ‘priest’. I didn’t like, and do not like, any organization that is that guarded. I have always believed that men who build temples and churches which cost multi-millions of dollars, and claim they are doing it for “God’s glory”, are full of hooey. If you’ve ever been to a forest, or a majestic beach, this is where God has his church. An edifice made by men is for men.
One thing all religions have in common is their control of their member’s minds. They all dictate to their followers what they should believe, what is right and wrong, and how they should act in public and private. Every religion acts as a cult. And every religion I know anything about is un-Christian, teaching the opposite meaning of what Christ supposedly taught.
Religions are anti-women, anti-gay, and many are racist.
The latest evidence strangely comes in a statement made by the Mormon hierarchy. It has to do with the decision by the Boy Scouts of America. The 100 plus year old organization decided a few days ago to allow openly gay young men to join, but not to allow openly gay men to be scout leaders. The Mormons made an announcement in favor of the decision.
The Boy Scouts’ Great Salt Lake Council is one of biggest in country, with 5,500 troops and 73,400 youth. Almost all of those troops are sponsored by the Mormon Church.
The Salt Lake City-based church said it is satisfied that the Boy Scouts of America has made a “thoughtful, good-faith effort to address issues that, as they have said, remain ‘among the most complex and challenging issues facing the BSA and society today.'”
It added the proposal recognizes that “Scouting exists to serve and benefit youth rather than Scout leaders, a single standard of moral purity for youth in the program, and a renewed emphasis for Scouts to honor their duty to God.”
The LDS church continues to teach its members that marriage can only be between a man and a woman, and homosexual relationships are a sin against God.
When man judges his fellow man, he is placing himself in the position of a God. And when a man has enough influence to control the minds of millions of men, women, and children, he is the leader of a cult.
I have always been thankful I grew up in Los Angeles in the 50’s and 60’s. I was not indoctrinated into the world of those who were racist or homophobic. If you were a good person, and I liked you, you were my friend, regardless of race, creed, or color. If I didn’t like you, it was only because I didn’t respect you.
I am not, nor ever will be religious. I have a free will. But, I am the most spiritual person I know other than my bride. I would fight for all living things. I would fight for all people to live as they choose, the way our Founding Fathers intended our country to be. I may not agree with your views on many issues, but I want to hear them, and consider their validity.
If you are truly religious, and not just a “go to church on Sundays because I have to”, person, you are practicing your beliefs. Please don’t take offense. I admire you, and your principals. But I have to be true to myself, and what 66 years on this planet have revealed to me. If you live according to the values you profess, you will surely be a happy person.
I’m happy, and I wish the same for all of you.
Columnist-The Guardian Express