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Why is Religion so Contentious?

Updated on February 16, 2012
A vow of silence- interrupted
A vow of silence- interrupted
Liberation for the oppressed
Liberation for the oppressed
Words from the man
Words from the man

Why is Religion so Contentious?

By Tony DeLorger © 2011

No-one has a sense of humour when it come to religion and when people make some joke or cynical remark about religious practice there is always hell to pay. The pious ones suddenly turn into demons with condemnation befitting the devil himself. Isn’t that ironic? Surely our own beliefs are our own and a humorous sarcasm isn’t the end of our world. For example ‘The Life of Brian’ was a magical and hilarious view of religious history. So why can’t Christians get beyond the indignation and take it in the manner for which it was created, fun.

Let’s face it religions would have to be the best source of material for these kinds of satirical spoofs. Religions are filled with strange practices and rigorous rituals all to be taken seriously in a personal sense but rather odd and amusing in the light of day. I believe that life should be celebrated and nothing is beyond a good belly laugh. If someone asks me if I believe God has a sense of humour, the answer is emphatically yes. One only has to look around to realise that.

I do apologise to any offended Catholics, but I just can’t help myself.


Tony DeLorger (11/08/06)

Penance paid my fears allayed,

The fiery gates of hell,

For now a distant thought and threat,

Please hand me another cigarette.

Worn out beads and Christian deeds,

Hail Mary’s till I drop.

Absolution needs of sinful seeds,

Oh guilt, self-loathing stop.

Propagate don’t hesitate,

But take that smile off your face,

Pleasures come from the word of God,

What a grubby little human race.

Latin slurs and endless verse,

Of holiness I just can’t kick,

I’m not trying to be sarcastic,

But ain’t it fun to be a Catholic.


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      Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks for your oppinions guys. All I'm saying is that deeply religious people should get a sense of humour. They would have a far better life and the world would be a better place because of it. That religious fervour is divisive and one of humanity's greatest problems. Just my opinion of course.

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      Sembj 6 years ago

      I agree that Monty Python had it about right when it came to religion as they did when it came to putting the right perspective on most things. Good Hub. (I've always suspected that we're all part of a giant cosmic joke!)


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      kallini2010 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      You asked the question "Why?"

      In my view, religion is very personal for believers. If anyone start making fun of something I deeply believe in and I don't find it funny, I would be offended.

      All religions are dogmatic in their essence. It is easy for me to say because I am an atheist or maybe rather agnostic.

      But not to create an argument which nobody can win, I will only draw your attention to one aspect which I find makes a difference at least to me. We speak too much in generalizations. We are experts of generalization.

      "A sense of humour is more important than any dogma."

      For whom? For you? For me? For people who have no sense of humour (some people don't and it is something that you cannot teach, same as ability to love and empathize).

      But this is my opinion only. If you find a lot of deeply religious people ready to laugh at their beliefs, let me know - there is nothing I love more than to share a good laugh.

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      Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      I do agree, but religion is another matter. What is sacred is very individual and personal. Satire is not personal but simply gives a light hearted view to what we human's consider important. This view is not only valid but necessary in creating some sort of balance with fundamentalist ideology. A sense of humour is more important than any dogma.

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      kallini2010 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      why doe I name an Asse with my mouth, seeing one should not make mention of a rope in ones house that was hanged?

      [1620 T. Shelton tr. Don Quixote iii. xi.]

      The expression "don't mention a rope in a house of a hanged man" became an idiom in Russian, so I had no idea it was Cervantes who coined it in "Don Quixote".

      I think it is the same idea, there are things certain people don't find funny. To be able to laugh at something SACRED, you have to stop think of it as SACRED.

      If you have lost someone recently and have to bury (a loved one), I doubt you would find "funeral" humour funny either.

      Don't you agree?