Possibly the most angry post you'll see from me. I would, once again, stress that these are MY views, and should NOT be considered the views of DAFT or anyone else for that matter. I take full responsibility for this post.
Recently I've been browsing the internet. I'm sure you've all heard of the May 21st rapture theories of Harold Camping. For those of you who don't know- he's some old guy who decided it's a good idea to read the bible as a history book and pulled a few numbers out of his ass and deducted that the world will end May 21, 2011. Now, when I first learned of this, I brushed it off- like any other cult-like apocalypse prediction; you know, “another rich guy who lost his mind” kind of thing. But in the recent weeks I’ve seen billboards, busses, ads, and flyers pertaining to the doomsday stupidity. This is all very expensive advertising, but once again I threw it away.
Though, Today I read an article off of CNNMoney (http://money.cnn.com/2011/05/19/news/economy/may-21-end-of-the-world-finances-harold-camping/?section=money_latest). In the article it mentioned that the market value of Family Radio is 72 million dollars. This enraged me. I’m sure all of can imagine what 72 million dollars looks like. I want you to imagine that pile of money… now set it on fire. That is what Family Radio has done. They have 72 million dollars, money that can be used to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and educated the impoverished.
But, I guess helping people isn’t something they’re into. How silly of me to expect better of a fundamentalist religious group. They don’t care about pushing intellectual limits. They don’t care about making the world a better place to live. All they care about is themselves and their message. These groups don’t spread love, mercy, peace. They spread hatred and fear. Selfish and insane. What pathetic excuse for a human life. To have access to so many resources, access to so much money and use it to spread a message of fear, it's simply insulting.
I cannot stress this more. It is the minority of religions that control global shifts in social and economic power. It’s the minority Christian groups, like the fundamentalists off of Family Radio, that get the media attention due to their extreme views. They have the power, the attention. The extremists from every religion are the ones who get the attention, and they control all the positive and negative outcomes that result from such views. Buildings destroyed, doctors killed, children stoned, gays abused. This is not opinion. This is undeniable fact. The extreme minority gets the attention and consequently has the power and control.
[I would also like to point out that Atheists are subject to the same thing. Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris- they get all the media attention, rather than atheists like Chris Stedman. I’ve never even heard of him before he came to DePaul. I do not agree with him on many things, where I do tend to side with Dawkins and Hitchens, but just evening out the playing field and playing devil’s advocate here. ]
In conclusion, something has to be done. Ignorance like this is harmful and cannot be accepted. Some beliefs are NOT okay to be tolerant of. Some ideologies are hurtful to too many people. I hope eventually that this kind of brain-washing and rubbish can be halted- being replaced with a secular view, education, and global-views of humanism.