Do you really want to know why religion scares me? Well, here is one of the answers.
The idea that you’re going to take facts and twist them up behind layer upon layer of walls you claim is faith. That’s not faith. That’s just people who believe in nothing else but their world built on the sole belief that their God will bring them eternal happiness after their mortal flesh have long since returned to the earth.
That’s why it scares me sometimes when you talk to me about God the way you do. Not that I dislike you for that, it’s just that I don’t know what to say. You’re a “born again”, it gave you a new leave in life and the strength to do the things you have been doing and that is not a bad thing. But like you said, it’s when people take it far enough that they become the ones pushing the people away not because of what they believe in…but in how they choose to believe.
If people are going to see nothing else than their own moral superiority because “God said so”, than I fear for the sake of what comes after that. A world where your life is dictated by the moral obligations of a parent architype that waves the finger at you from the past that says “Do it or I’ll fucking spank you”. A world where you’re bound to dogmatic laws without question without a blink of an eye because to do otherwise would instill that fear of the unknown. A world where we can only stand and not use what we have most precious to us, our freedom to reach out, to analyse and to create.
Religion is a private thing. Religion is something that sees you through your darkness. We all have the freedom to follow whatever we want. But don’t stand in our way with your lies or your moral policing. It’s just going to be a headache for everybody.
Update: This is also another reason why religion scares me and this is far worse than the picture.