Easter is celebrated in over 50 countries and is a holiday that celebrates one man rising from the dead three days after he was crucified for crimes committed in a nation that was ruled by a single religion.
The biggest theory about Easter (other than the holiday itself) is that the Christians stole the holiday from the pagans (followers of polytheistic religions).
There are so many things wrong with those three statements that I don’t even know if I have the energy to go into them.
Religion is defined as: a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs. AS more simple definition would be: the ritual observance of faith.
Faith is defined as: belief that is not based on proof.
With faith there is no set guidelines or rituals. It is a free belief in something that cannot be proven. Religion is based on faith, but instead of being a free thinking society, someone decided that people needed to follow specific rules that govern their life and very way of thinking. Faith never started any wars, but it also never brought any cultures together. Religion has done both and more. Each individual has the right to choose what they wish to do.
The issue comes when religion is one of the governing factors of a state/region/country/world. That takes away the right to believe what you want and do things as you wish to do them. I am not saying that any of it is good or bad, but what I described is often considered anarchy. Where each person governs themselves. Anarchy, like other forms of government, works on paper, but in the end people cannot govern themselves while respecting others right to govern themselves. I can do what I want as long as I am not hurting anyone else. That statement is the foundation of an anarchistic government, but humans cannot help themselves from pushing their way into others lives. Look at our celebrities and the press that hounds them today or the millions of people who tune in ever minute to see what John, Jack, and Brad are doing.
I have gotten way off topic.
We, in America – where personal freedom was part of our very foundation, have had our freedoms stripped from us and we are forced t endure one religion’s beliefs shoved into our cortex. What about other religions, what about the non-religious, what about the everyman? Those are not the ‘ideal demographic’ so they do not count.
Religion is in everything. We have no religious freedom and the separation of church and state is in a state that is so sad it is no longer funny (if it every was).
Holidays should be observed by individuals, not by countries. I should still get my mail on December 25, because maybe I don’t believe that some guy was born that day and even if I do, others may not so it is unfair of me to force that upon someone/anyone else.
- Religion v`s Faith. Part 1 (ffeirio.wordpress.com)
- Persecution of Religion in America (wordofpie.com)
- People wearing crosses at work: what is the government doing? (libdemvoice.org)
- Faith in Politics (platas-izama.com)