Dr George Tiller’s assassination is yet another indicator of the evil that lurks behind the morality dished out by religious outfits.
Dr Tiller worked mainly for the women in Kansas. He helped them carry out abortions even in the late stages of pregnancy if the foetus was found to have serious defects. The anti-abortionists floating on the waves of their religious ‘convictions’ about abortion were at loggerheads with Dr Tiller for almost 30 years. Dr Tiller had been warned by the FBI that he was No.1 on the anti-abortionists’ hit lists. Unmindful of the threats Dr Tiller carried on doing what he believed was his duty, his mission.
The anti-abortionists are opposed to abortions because every pregnancy is a gift from god, according to them. Life is sacred and hence abortions, which destroy life, are unacceptable. The anti-abortionists are driven by religious convictions. The irony, however, lies in the fact that these defenders of life and its sanctity have no qualms in attacking and even killing people in the name of abortions.
The behaviour of the anti-abortionists throws a lot of light on the nature of religion. Religion makes people blind towards the wider ramifications of the various problems that arise in life. Religion acts life the blinkers of the cart-horse: look only in one direction.
Looking at life from just one angle and ignoring the many other significant dimensions is one of the biggest mistakes made by religions. This is the mistake made by the Islamic fundamentalists. This is the mistake made by the Christian fundamentalists such as the anti-abortionists. This was the mistake made by the crusaders of the past, the bishops who burned the heretics and witches, and any believer who sat in religious judgement over his fellow human being.
The plain truth seems to be that religions do not make people better human beings. The opposite seems to be truer!
In his famous book The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins illustrates with statistics that violent crimes are committed more commonly in the Republican states of American than the Democrat ones. Systematic research tends to support the view that “higher rates of belief in and worship of a creator correlate with higher rates of homicide, juvenile and early mortality, STD infection rates, teen pregnancy and abortion in the prosperous democracies.”
A religious believer’s morality is borrowed from his religion. One may not have very strong convictions about such borrowed moral codes. That’s why it’s easier for a religious believer to break his moral codes than for an atheist or non-believer whose moral codes are constructed by his own conscious thoughts. In other words, a non-believer is likely to be more moral than a religious believer!
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