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Opinion: The problem with religion

Concerning the latest mission school scandal in Kamloops, B.C.
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Pope Francis arrives for the world prayer marathon in the Vatican gardens May 31, 2021. The percentage of people saying religion is gaining influence in the U.S. doubled in May 2020 but has since returned to pre-pandemic levels of 16%, Gallup found. (Filippo Monteforte | AFP a Través de Getty Images)

Concerning the latest mission school scandal in Kamloops, B.C., those Catholic members of clergy (in that era) believed that in order to save the souls of the Natives, it was their duty to God, to convert the Natives to Catholicism, and that converting the children, was the best place to start.

Religion is what caused the problem to exist in the first place. It's known as "Missionary" work, and many devotees of divisive religions suffered, and many still suffer, the same mentality of, "God wants us to give others the good news of his truth, or to die trying." 

How sad, that only human animals suffer from such thought processes. If we believed (as did the scientist Stephen Hawking, before he died,) that the universe always existed, we would then conclude that the universe never was created. That mentality would do away with urges to indoctrinate others to one's own personal version of spiritual truth. Humans would still harm and kill each other, but no more would they be motivated to do it, in the guise of serving a holy god.

June Vandermark