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Do We Need Religion to Guide our Moral Compass?

20 February 2013, 07:11

Imagine the headline

 ‘ Richard Dawkins in sex scandal with gay model’

Or

 “Carl Sagan transfers assistant to another observatory amid child abuse claims”

Thankfully headlines like this don’t happen very often.

(Even if they did, Dawkins and Sagan did not build their careers on preaching morality).

These headlines are all too familiar in the religious world however, where the perpetrators do build their careers on preaching morality.

Here are some examples:

Pastor Ted Haggard, after supporting anti gay marriage legislation, was outed by gay escort Mike Jones who had been paid for sex with Haggard for three years.

(Haggard tried to bully Richard Dawkins when he interviewed him for one of his documentaries; it’s worth a look on YouTube).

Jimmy Swaggart, in a tit for tat with Assemblies of God minister Marvin Gorman (1986) Swaggart busted Gorman for having extramarital affairs, Gorman busted Swaggart with a prostitute - he was busted again some years later.

There are countless sex scandals in religious organizations; it seems to be the norm, rather than the exception. I can hear the cry ‘sex scandals happen across the board’. Maybe they do, but you’d think the ones with insight into the universal book of morals would have an advantage; it looks very much like it is a disadvantage!

That leads me to the reason for this article: Could it be that the people drawn to religion are actually looking for something to give them morals, as they don’t have them inbuilt - and it all makes sense as I’m often told, and I’m sure you’ve heard many versions of it:

 ‘You need the bible so that you don’t just run around killing and raping people’.

I Think what the religious mean is ‘I need the bible to stop me going around killing and raping people!’

Anyway, I think they should read it a bit more, or read something else, as it does not seem to be working very well!

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