I've known since my early teens that I didn't believe in organized religion. Churches are full of bigotry and prejudice. It has always appeared to me that the people that are in church every time the doors open think they are better than the rest of us. Some religions believe they are the only ones going to heaven. Some refuse to allow you into their church based on your appearance or skin color. The Klan is a supposedly religious based organization. Most racist use religion to justify their hate. People have died in Northern Ireland because of religion. They're killing each other right now in the middle east over religious differences. The Crusades were fought over religion. More wars have been fought in the name of religion than for any other reason.

People like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson use religion to condemn and even suggest that you should be locked up if you're homosexual. I've even heard some people say that you should be executed if you are gay. They want to force their beliefs on school children no matter what the parents beliefs. They want the government to stay out of the church's business and at the same time want them to use our tax money to further agenda by funding their schools with the voucher program. People like Jimmy Swaggart and Jim Baker preach morals and condemn people all while they are living the lifestyle they preach against. Everyday television preachers rip off old people, on fixed incomes, begging for donations while living in big houses and driving expensive cars.

I'm not sure how I feel about the existence of a higher power. I know I don't believe in some bearded old man sitting on a throne somewhere. Have you ever noticed how sexist religions are? They always refer to god as a male and many don't believe a woman is capable of being a preacher. They believe a woman should be subservient to a man. Native Americans talk about Mother Earth and the respect for all living things. Maybe there is some kind of spirit. Some kind of joint human spirit. I find the older I get the more spiritual I become.  One of the problems I have with organized religion is if there is some kind of spiritual thing out there I don't think you will find it in a brick church sitting on man-made seats. If there is something you're much more likely to find what you want sitting under a tree, watching the clouds float by and listening to the birds. If anything makes me wonder about the existence of some higher spirit it is the mystery of nature so if I'm anything I am a naturalist. 

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