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Letter: The root cause of Mideast conflict

Israel is doing a great job of turning the rest of the world against them: for occupying foreign territory, human rights violations, military interventions that violate international law (Just like us!). The Palestinians have been evicted from their homes, watched them be demolished along with their wells, no access to water, no civil rights to assemble or vote.

It’s encouraging to see so many Jewish-Americans speaking out against this policy, not unlike South Africa’s apartheid: arrest and imprisonment without charge or trial, searches without warrants, and … torture. If you want the facts, from a true “insider,” listen to Mika Peled (“The General’s Son”) on YouTube.

However, maybe we should get down to the root cause of this problem: Religion. Stupid religions, written thousands of years ago by bronze-age cretins who believed that God said it was OK to eat locusts but not shellfish … and that women should neither be seen nor heard, but definitely stoned to death if they fooled around … and that God preferred one tribe of primitive halfwits over another. “Hey, guess what, everybody? We’re the Chosen People. Yeah, God told me so last night.”

Let’s reconsider the wisdom of our founding fathers, intelligent and well-read men who understood that the Bible stories were lifted from other religions that were around a thousand years before Christianity. In the words of Thomas Jefferson, “I have examined all the known superstitions of the world, and I do not find, in our superstition of Christianity, one redeeming feature. They are all alike, founded on fables and mythology.”

Benjamin Franklin: “The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.” John Adams: “The doctrine of the divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity.” Thomas Paine: “Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst.”

The founders were actual grownups. They knew that religions were scams, and they wanted nothing to do with them. Maybe it’s time for us to grow up and do the same.

Steve Saylor

Carbondale


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