Why do women insist on being religious when religions have misogynic teachings & doctrines? Do
women get a misplaced emotional release from religion? Do women use religion as a subterfuge because they are subconsciously fearful of their potential & life in general?
I hope someone answers this question, because I sure do not understand the mind set of women who "fall in love" with religion.
I also don't understand how Native Americans could ever convert to a religion that slaughtered them for being "heathens" and "savages".
I also don't understand how Africans brought to this country as slaves could convert to a religion that dictates how to treat slaves and promotes slavery of "inferior" humans.
I also don't understand how the Catholics suppressed all other religions by force and by burning their books and cultural accomplishments and set them back to the Middle Ages, yet proclaim that they are getting instructions directly from god himself!
I don't understand religion at all. There is absolutely no logic to it, other than to rationalize that it was invented to control people and their superstitious beliefs.
As an African / Native American who used to be a devout Christian, here is my response. As a child from a highly dysfunctional home and ghetto, Christianity was used to keep me oppressed, but I clung to it because the few positive influences I had - summer camp and my Christian high school - offered me temporary reprieve and the hope to escape to a better life when I became an adult. In my late teens I rebelled against the church because I got tired of being oppressed by bullies. After nearly becoming homeless due to my lack of adult survival skills, I blamed my bad luck on my rebellion and returned to the church. Another reason I returned is because I realized though the church taught a lot of bad things, they teach a lot of good things too.
Inadvertently joining a cult, where they turned their backs on me when I was physically assaulted by a professional criminal, ultimately led to destroying my faith in God altogether. This incident was a replay of what I was forced to endure as a child. I now realize my first rebellion was really against my oppressive authority figures. It is easier to be mad at a Deity that never speaks for Itself than an authority figure who can actually punish you.
Another thing - if no God is going to rescue you, it's up to you to figure out how to rescue yourself. That's the hardest part about being an atheist /agnostic. This has definitely not been a liberating experience!
Women who feel inadequate in themselves find it easier to cling to a religion that makes promises, even if those promises prove to be false.
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