I read an article today from philosopher and scientist Sam Harris, in which he stated that we should stop looking to religion to guide our moral compasses. Religion, he says, is what keeps us from making rational decisions and makes us more concerned with "God" than with real life. He makes a pretty compelling argument, I'd have to say. More after the jump...
Harris is a well known secularist, scientist and philosopher, and has authored two books. In his remarks at the TED conference in Long Beach, CA, he said that "We should be talking about real problems, like nuclear proliferation and genocide and poverty and the crisis in education,".
Unfortunately, I have to agree. I feel like religious differences are at the forefront of war and unrest in the world. For example, the Lord's Resistance Army recently carried out a massacre in the DR Congo. They are a rebel group that aimed to turn Uganda into a theocracy based on the Ten Commandments. The LRA is responsible for the deaths of thousands, and the displacement of thousands more. They kidnap women and children, and force the children into warfare. Religion in the Middle East is a cause for war. In America, abortion and gay marriage are bigger issues than war and poverty.
Harris says that people's dependence on religion is nothing less than "insane". I wouldn't put it so strongly, but I have to say that it IS a problem. What do you think?