Why religion in the 21century?
The seizure of monastic lands and buildings in the 1500s by Henry VIII and the dissolution of monasteries in England and the later acts during the French Revolution as well as various anti-clerical European governments during the 18th and 19th centuries, resulted in the expulsion and suppression of the religious communities and an adoption of secularism. The government of Turkey is an often-cited example in Islam, following the abolition of the Ottoman Caliphate and foundation of the Turkish republic in 1923.
Why are synagogues “sold out” on high holydays? Why the Bible Belt is expanding, why the mosque empty in the 1950s, is full in 2013?!
The resurgence of Fundamentalism and Political religion is a new and dangerous trend; why is it occurring?
Why fanatics are hijacking the silent majority that just sits back and lets it all happen without protest, without outrage?! Is it amnesia, apathy, or fear? Fanatics bomb, behead, murder, or honor-kill, fanatics stone, hang, rape victims and homosexuals. It is fanatics who teach their young to kill.
Orthodox Jews are imposing on and interfering in the secular governance of Israel, Muslim fanatics are terrorizing their own into religious submission, Christian fundamentalists of George Bush’ ilk hijacked America for two terms; why we let it happen?
Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it is too late. Why?
And the most perplexing question; after the French Revolution, after the age of enlightenment, after the anti-clerical policies, and the adoption of secular education, after the separation of church and state, and after the scientific and industrial revolutions and the advent of the modern era, there are still today whole masses of religious worshippers attending church, synagogue and mosque. Why?