Geetha sent me this link ... I don't know how and where she comes across all this good stuff!!!
Wonderful and strong-worded criticism of the Pope:
I was thinking that all this religion business has become such an integral part of one's life that it's difficult to get rid of it all without having some alternate structure.
People don't think too much about the evil that religion is and about the pure lunacy and idiocy of religion. So, they don't mind placidly accepting all the untruths being peddled by religion.
The problem is that if you get rid of religious rituals, what do you do when a person dies and what do you when someone is born? How do you observe all those occasions leaving religion aside?
I mean, stupid Indians who consider themselves rich (for example, I have in mind, the so-called hot-shot IT professionals) and intelligent do not mind buying a car and then taking it to some temple to have it blessed by God or whatever it is that they do.
The same stupid folks ... when they take the even bigger step of buying a house, of course they organize a big religious function ... for what, I would be damned if I know.
So, all in all, since religion is so deeply ingrained into people's everyday lives or into the important aspects or occasions of their lives, it seems it is going to be tough to get rid of this menace of religion though it's great to have people like Dawkins and Hitchens and so many others calling a spade a spade finally.