Last night I saw the movie Religilous, Bill Maher’s take on religion. It confirmed to me how political parties and religious groups are alike.

In a scene in the movie, Maher interviews two former Mormons who explain why so few dissent from the Mormon church in Salt Lake City. It would be social suicide where you would lose your friends and family.

It has struck me hard how steadfastly people stick to dogma once it has been imprinted on them. Invariably you will have discussions with people who have lost jobs, businesses, cars and their savings and they criticize the economic situation as it was some natural disaster which could not have been averted, like an earthquake or a flood. And they will confirm their undying belief in the Independence Party, Geir Haarde and David Oddson.

The Independent Party is the Mormon Church of Icelandic politics. You can never leave.

Left/Greens are similar in their undying faith in their leaders and holders of special truths. Only they can really know the suffering of women, the earth, the poor and the weak. Sort of Jewish in a way.

Samfylkingin is sort of the protestant church, centrist and easy to enter. As with protestant churces it is even easier to leave behind once you have had enough of it.

The Progressive Party would be the Catholic Church. Backwards, against progress and mainly interested in harvesting as much wealth as is possible and give it to the few who control the church to live lavishly.

The Liberals? Crazy enough to be Scientologist’s but not friendly to aliens that is for sure.

One thing is certain, we are in desperate need for an enlightenment.


1 Response to “Religilous”

  1. 1 Roy December 12, 2008 at 8:17 am

    Carl Sagan said it best..

    “For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”

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