An “obsession with purity” is the heart and soul of every single theistic-based religion that human Sapiens have developed throughout human history. This obsession with purity creates caste/class systems, most notably with the “priests” and “elites” in the top class and with the “untouchable” destitute or “poor” class at the bottom. Even the most ideal of “democratic”-based nations continue to move towards this separatist system of the “have” and “have not”, of the “us” and “them”, so long as religion is allowed to have an affectual place in the civil affairs of humans. It doesn’t matter what religion it is – whether theistic, nationalistic, or philosophical – for such human-made ideology to be believed in as an “absolute” or a fundamental reality “truth”, then there has to be those at the bottom who suffer as human beings – all to justify the authority and teachings of those at the top.
#separationofchurchandstate #resist #resistrump #indivisible #unitedwestand #womensmarch #nationalpopularvote
Why I’m haunted by my religion’s dark side
Since India’s independence in 1947, there have been comprehensive efforts to address the dehumanizing impact of the caste system on lower-caste communities. For example, India’s constitution legally abolishes “untouchability” and prohibits discrimination on the basis of caste.
Over the past two decades, the government of India initiated a number of ambitious affirmative action programs to ensure lower-caste participation and representation in higher education and government.
Over the same period of time, nearly 200 million people in India were lifted out of poverty and are now part of a vibrant middle class that is less entrenched in caste identity.
#caste #hinduism #christianity #islam #judaism #purity #puritylaws
“How do you cause people to believe in an imagined order” such as religion, nationalism, or capitalism? “First, you never admit that the order is imagined.” – Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind