As Neil so eloquently implies, it’s tough to believe that the Universe was created for our benefit when the vvvast majority of its environments would kill us instantly. Not to mention the fact that the size of the earth compared to the size of the Universe is far less than the size of a subatomic particle compared to the earth.
Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.
It’s tough to argue the point with someone who was so great at keeping down the proletariat. The meek, after all, have nothing to worry about since they’ll be inheriting the earth.
Political leaders have a storied history of using religion to maintain social order. For instance, a majority of the key Founding Fathers were deists, and Jefferson was arguably an atheist, but all maintained their Christianity to the public.
Finally! For the first time since the wave of sex abuse scandals surrounding the Catholic church began almost ten years ago, a high-ranking church official faces criminal charges in the US. Monsignor William Lynn, former secretary of the clergy for the Philadelphia Archdiocese, is being accused of child endangerment. From The Associated Press release:
The three priests and the teacher were charged with raping boys. Lynn, 60, was accused not of molesting children but of endangering them. A damning grand jury report said at least two boys were sexually assaulted because he put two known pedophiles in posts where they had contact with youngsters.
It’s telling that the primary significance of this is that a top official is being charged, rather than simply the fact that three priests raped young boys–a scenario that is now all too routine. So why is it that church officials, likely decent people (read: not pedophiles), are compelled keep child molesters among their ranks and plead ignorance when it all comes out?