The Illegitimacy of Faith

(This post is part of the weekly series Freethought Friday)

Everywhere religious belief appears it is AT BEST superfluous.

Discussion of the rights and dignity of any group of people is a good example.

The current flap over the vile anti-gay remarks of a star of an American reality show and his subsequent suspension from the series by the TV network is in no way positively informed by religion. In a world without faith beliefs his remarks would just be seen as stupid and awful (and yes, in a world without religion there would still be people who held awful views-religion is drag but it isn’t the only drag) he would be harshly criticized and he’d either dig in or change his mind.

But because his peculiar superstitious tradition is common in the USA many have come to his defense, he’s become a bit of a hero to some.

Many have had their morality tied to myth traditions such as various Christianities. All kinds of promises and threats and heavens and hells are dangled before them to cloud their vision of what is real and what might be right. Many who might otherwise support their fellows are cowed into opposing them.

Others mired in the same faith argue the opposite of their co-traditionalists. Through careful and tortured nitpicking they find scraps of their scriptures to support their particular views and then claim that their opinion is the correct one of the faith.

All of this is pointless and embarrassing.

People who are pro-LGBT rights don’t need to turn to religion to warrant extending equality to their neighbors. And instead of anti-LGBT people saying that a god told them what to think they can just own up to their own opinion.

Faith isn’t needed as a justification and it doesn’t work as an excuse.

Addendum: I should make note that our reality show star in the same interview also said some troubling things about black people and the historical race relations in the USA.


2 thoughts on “The Illegitimacy of Faith

  1. What I find worse—in a way—are those that take the stance that what he said was vile, however, it shouldn’t be criticized too harshly or deconstructed since it is a sincere religious belief. They know it’s wrong and yet cannot bring themselves to evaluate why it is so.

    Then there are those that are bemused by the all the negative reactions solely because they think it isn’t surprising. The “I don’t see why this is such a big deal” crowd. I think of them as the “It doesn’t adversely effect me” crowd or “It’s too hard to think about it” crowd. As if these beliefs do not consistently manifest themselves with real world consequences.


    • I agree Jones, as if the sincerity of a belief makes it reflect reality more closely. Lots of people sincerely believe an awful lot of wild crap.

      Your last point that beliefs manifest themselves with real consequences is spot on.


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