Many psychologists like Freud viewed religion as an infantile quest for some illusory feeling of security. I don’t know if there are any psychologists who view it as some kind of perversion of human nature.
The assassination of Salman Taseer, Governor of Pakistan’s Punjab province, is yet another proof for the perversions that religion plants in the human mind. All kinds of violence and hatred perpetrated in the name of religion are enough proof otherwise.
Taseer was assassinated because he advocated the repeal of the anti-blasphemy law in Pakistan. He rightly called it a “black law”.
Religions are not, should not be, above criticism. Religions should constantly look within and amend themselves so that monstrous cruelty will not be perpetrated on innocent people again and again. History bears ample witness to the monstrosity of religion. A glance through the history of the medieval period will be enough to convince anyone that religion is a perversion rather than a benign entity. A few centuries from now some blogger will pass this same judgement on our own times: that our times vindicate the most negative views on religion. Fundamentalism, violent fanaticism, terrorism, conversions and re-conversions… Which other period in human history witnessed so many religious crimes?
Yet another RSS member was arrested in India yesterday for his involvement in religious terrorism. Swami Aseemanand. He is a post-graduate in physics. Instead of using his knowledge and skills for the benefit of the society, to lead the society out of medieval darkness towards the light of modern science and secularism, the Swami chose to lead it towards more darkness by involving himself in destructive activities. If that’s not perversion, what is it?
Salman Taseer’s crime, allegedly, is not merely opposing the anti-blasphemy law. His opponents had taken a lot of trouble to take the photographs and videos of his family and uploading them on youtube and other places in the internet. These pictures show that Taseer was an advocate of modernity. He allowed his daughter to wear skirts – that’s one of his crimes, according to those who posted her photos on websites. He allowed his son and daughter to go swimming in pools. Are these crimes? Some religious people think they are. And Taseer had to pay for them with his life.
During a Christmas celebration one of my relatives returned home from the parish church where he had gone to exchange a Christmas gift with the parish priest, in accordance with some game they had played as part of a group activity. When my relative unpacked the gift he had received from the priest, I was shocked. It was a crucifix. We were celebrating Christmas, the birth of Jesus. And the priest thought a crucifix to be the appropriate gift on the occasion. I can only think of it as another example of religious perversion.
Why do the religious people love to bring more ‘crosses’ into people’s life?