My brother introduced me to this site when you guys were at Grand Rapids Community College. Unfortunately by the time I had found out about you guys while I attended there it was said that you guys were cancelled or something happened that the group was disbanded from the school. Whether or not that happened I have no idea, because by the time I was done there I never pursued it… silly me, right?
I grew up in a small town in New York, and moved out here in Grand Rapids MI when I was fifteen. Needless to say being from a small town with not a soul but the white community around literally for miles this was quite a culture shock. I find it odd at 34 years of age now that not much changed out there. The family I grew up in were and still are fully devout Christians, and by the stars above once they found out I was no longer a part of the flock they don’t talk to me much anymore, but I’m okay with that.
I served six years in the Army, and four out of six after Sept. 11th mostly in Afghanistan…. unfortunately I can’t say what I was doing though. What I can say is the destruction caused by Al Queda, the war waged in the name of Allah ever since the Crusades, and the many Christian United States military soldiers I served with that would’ve loved nothing better than the Al Queda’s destruction.
The more I worked in interrogations and in other matters, the more I could see that religion was just the catalyst needed for the spread of hatred, in certain parts slavery, and in a sense the brainwashing and destruction of the youth out there. My point is, that in the name of religion people have conquered, destroyed, raped, pillaged, enslaved, and murdered for most of humanity’s existence since the first documented civilizations began.
I guess you could say that I had a major overhaul in my pursuit of education about world history, religions, and philosophy throughout the ages when I first began college, and after I left the Army. My only regret is that due to my environment I grew up in and the religious, yet intolerant dogmatic following, I too was once the ignorant, hateful, and separative Christian.
There is no power without knowledge, and vise versa. Through out history and forever more, you can only spout hatred so many ways. I can remember watching “Interview with the Vampire” from Ann Rice… and there was a quote that fascinated me. I changed it up a little bit replacing the conversation about vampires, and using religion as the background.
“The world changes, religion does not. There in lies the irony that finally kills it.”