Just a few thoughts…

I have been reading ‘The Red Queen’ by Phillipa Gregory. Β It is about Margaret Beaufort, King Henry VII’s mother and the more famous King Henry VII of England’s grandmother.

She was an extremely pious. In the book, she is shown as wanting to become a nun, from a very young age, but is married off for political reasons. For all her piousness, she believes that The House of Lancaster has been ordained by God to rule England. Her absolute faith, unwavering belief that God has sanctioned them as rulers make her justify wars and killing.

No, this is no review. It just makes me think how religion can make us blind to so many things. How a stamp of ‘God’ can so easily justify injustice, discrimination, wars.

And the saddest part is that it happens even now albeit, in different ways. Religious sanction for so many injustices. Religious sanction to oppress the less powerful. I guess it is not said without reason that most wars in history has been fought over religion – in one form or the other.

I haven’t completed the book, but just had to jot these down.

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9 thoughts on “Just a few thoughts…

  1. hmmm WEll if we look RELIGION is one such idea that has brough a lot of bloodshed around the world … religion does not teach hatred yet it is the one which makes people kill others without a reson what so ever .. and d oatrocities against them

    • That is the funny thing – something that is supposed to be peaceful, to help people, more often than not gets used as a justification for so many sad activities, to say the least.

  2. I guess one thing that didn’t preached well by religion is tolerance… If it had reached people there wouldn’t have been these many wars due to gods and religion…

      • I would have to agree with Swaram, Kanagu. Religion gets interpreted in ways that suit whatever the interests of the more powerful party is – which I feel is very sad.

        Kanagu – Long time! Haven’t seen a post from you since ages!

        • Yes… I agree πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ and I wanted to say the preachers of the religion never preached about it πŸ™‚

          Smitha – will start posting soon πŸ™‚ Little bit busy and lot of travel πŸ™‚

  3. I think no religion teaches us to be evil or to be an extremists..it’s the people..the fanatics who sow the wrong seeds in others’ mind and there are people who follow such people blindly,sigh !

  4. I think it’s the blind faith of followers that allows the unscrupulous to use god and religion for their purpose. And when it tells us we are better or we deserve power over others, then to some, I guess it becomes still more easier to Believe. I mean, what could be more convenient for somebody who wants those things!

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