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Meditation 914
Critique of Religious Faith
Religious Beliefs Are Harmful (Part 6)

by: Fred Leavitt

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Maybe They Had a Bad Connection

Every profession has its share of hypocrites and criminals, but religious leaders'"the ones who instill moral codes in their followers'"should not compete with pornographers and snake oil salesmen for the moral vacuum award. Below is a very incomplete list of religious leaders who made headlines during the past 25 years.

You shall not murder. Sixth Commandment

You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. (Matthew 5:43)

You shall not commit adultery. (Seventh Commandment). According to many religious leaders, there are prohibitions of many other forms of sex.

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. Matthew 19:24.

The pope nominated Mother Teresa for sainthood a year after her death in 1997. A "miracle" had to be attested. Christopher Hitchens wrote, "Surely any respectable Catholic cringes with shame at the obviousness of the fakery. A Bengali woman named Monica Besra claims that a beam of light emerged from a picture of MT, which she happened to have in her home, and relieved her of a cancerous tumor. Her physician, Dr. Ranjan Mustafi, says that she didn't have a cancerous tumor in the first place and that the tubercular cyst she did have was cured by a course of prescription medicine. Was he interviewed by the Vatican's investigators? No."

Hitchens wrote that MT was a friend of poverty, not of the poor. She said that suffering was a gift from God. "She was a friend to the worst of the rich, taking misappropriated money from the atrocious Duvalier family in Haiti (whose rule she praised in return) and from Charles Keating." Keating received a ten-year prison sentence for his part in the savings and loan scandal. During the course of his trial, she pleaded to the judge for clemency.

Hitchens, noting that her global income was more than enough to outfit several first class clinics, and that she never published an audit, asked what happened to the money. He wrote, "The primitive hospice in Calcutta was as run down when she died as it always had been." He added that "The decision not to do so... is a deliberate one. The point is not the honest relief of suffering, but the promulgation of a cult based on death and suffering and subjection." One of her volunteers described her "Home for the Dying" as resembling photos of concentration camps such as Belsen. No chairs, just stretcher beds. Virtually no medical care or painkillers beyond aspirin.
Hitchens noted that MT "checked into some of the finest and costliest clinics and hospitals in the West during her bouts with heart trouble and old age." He concluded, "Many more people are poor and sick because of the life of MT: Even more will be poor and sick if her example is followed. She was a fanatic, a fundamentalist, and a fraud."

Continued > Other People Also Get Messages From God