I was watching the President with Chris Matthews on Hard Ball Thursday night. Once again, Chris Matthews started to expound on the significance of the Pope and the Catholic Church in society. I consider Chris Matthews an intelligent man and I marvel at the blind faith and acceptance he seems to attend to the Catholic faith.
Once you consider the Catholic indoctrination of its parishioners from childhood it is more understandable. Catholic children are christened at birth. Families are required to attend church. Children of Catholics are placed in Catholic schools where religion is constantly reinforced by nuns. About the age of reason children are instructed for Confirmation and then ceremoniously inducted into the fold. Young Catholics attend church – take Communion – and participate in Confession. And then, if they are like Chris Matthews they attend a
Friends of ours that taught school in an
Eskimo Village in Northwestern Alaska
related this story:
An elementary school had been built decades before by the BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs.) The school building was built on stilts because of the permafrost (heated buildings on the ground sink into the earth over a period of time.) The early teachers constantly had problems with children hiding under the school, and one day one of the children was found frozen under the building. The teachers started telling the kids that there were trolls under the school that would eat them. As those children became adults they told their children of the trolls under the school. The story was repeated for generations.
The teachers told us that the school had burned down and been replaced with a modern facility and that the adults in the village were relived because they no longer had to worry about trolls taking their children.
Indoctrination is the way that religion protects itself from common sense and logical inquiry. It starts with children, and the premise is to accept on faith and never question – questioning is a sin against God.
God religions are plagues on this earth. The positive things that religions tout are paled by the wars and genocide and hatred and racism and ignorance they spawns. Christianity can not stand up to scrutiny; so the question is why does it still wield such power in the twenty-first century?