I’ll start off by saying I am a Catholic. I go to church, though maybe not as regularly as I should (or as often as my mom would like me to). My kids attend a Catholic Elementary School. Why am I telling you this you’re wondering. I just want you to know that I’m not anti-religion. Okay, now that we’re all clear on that…
Why do some people think having religion puts them on a level higher than anyone else?
Have you met these people? I have. They go to church every Sunday dressed in their finest and sit prime and proper and quiet for their allotted hour. That’s not the part that bugs me (though I don’t think church is meant to be a fashion parade). It’s when these same people are outside of church. It’s the part of them that spreads nasty comments or rumours about a co-worker or neighbour or even just a stranger on the street. It’s the part of them that takes advantage of those they feel as less worthy than themselves and then out and out lie about doing it. It’s the part of them that quotes biblical passages to justify why another person should be treated like crap, though funny enough these same passages never seem to apply to them.
I’ve encountered this ruthless religious person, religious people. I hold them responsible for ruing the lives of people I know and in one case, ending the life of someone very close to me. Then these same people go back to church after their week of havoc and say a Hail Mary or Our Farther and feel free to go on another week with hatred and meanness in their hearts. And you know what the worse part is? What the scary part is? They don’t think they’re doing anything wrong. They think they have a special spot in Heaven reserved just for them. I’m sure they’re right about having a reserved spot, I just think they’re looking in the wrong direction. Of course that doesn’t make it any easier watching them succeed at the expense of others.
I always thought religion was suppose to be about love and support and kindness to others. I must be following a different religion.
I have to thank Tatiana (@averygoodyear). This isn’t a new thought. It’s been something that’s been bugging me for awhile now. Her tweet on religion yesterday gave me the gumption to sit and write this today.