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Religion cannot save your bacon

26 November 2012, 14:27

This is my first article on news 24 so please don’t go too hard on me. (Apologies for bad grammar and spelling mistakes)

I have read a lot of the religious articles and always wanted to write something myself and yesterday evening National Geographic gave me an idea actually it was more like a ton bricks that hit me in the face.

First I must state that I am an agnostic and only for a few months now so I don’t have terabytes of data that guys have but I can give my small, little contribution.

My reference is the National geographic episode called man-eater manhunt, Tanzania.

The episode starts with the presenter trying to find out why lions are eating people in a specific village in Tanzania.(The village almost abandoned now) The lion dubbed “Osama bin lion” killed almost 40 humans before he was hunted down and killed but the attacks still continued after his death. The episode continues with him staying in the village for a few nights investigating the reasons for the attacks. This was the results of his investigations.

-          The lions had ample food to go around (Mostly bush pigs) but why would the lions still eat humans?

-          This mostly happened in this specific village but why?

-          Why were the bush pigs so tame? He could almost get within a few meters of them without scaring them off.

The answer was so funny that I actually spat my food on my Fiancé! (My NG Kerk Fiancé wasn’t very happy but that is another story)

 The specific village in almost 90% Muslim so that means they don’t eat pork and they don’t even touch the bush pigs. The significance is that they won’t kill the pigs because obviously they don’t want to touch them. This has caused the pigs to be relaxed, walking into the village as they please and what follows the bush pigs? You guess it right the lions. If I were a lion I would rather catch a human because noticeably humans are significantly slower that a bush pig, unless your name is   Usain Bolt.

The conclusion was that because of their religion the poor people were eaten by the lions. If they did what the other villages did (Kill and eat the bush pigs) then the bush pigs would have been afraid of humans and stayed out of the fields. The lions would have had no reason to go out of their own territory.

This is ironic to say the least. These Muslims were asking for protection from their God but because they serve that specific denomination they were killed and it did not matter how much they prayed.

Sometimes I wonder how much damage religion has caused (the real extent of damage) this was only one case but I am sure there are a million others. Has religion caused us more harm than good?

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