Found in ‘ThePrint’, 20/3/2020/: Mecca to Vatican: COVID-19 proves when human beings are in peril, gods flee first Taslima Nasreen.
The author is a celebrated writer and commentator.
In the pic: Saudi Arabia Reopens Mecca, Medina Holy Sites After Coronavirus
Note: What is given below is what we found in ‘ThePrint’ of March 20. The piece is trying to answer questions like: Fact over faith, Reason over religion, Science over fables, God over reality, Sacred over secular, Seen over unseen, Pain over pleasure, Mosqes, churches, temples, ‘Idiotic’ preachers of fables over vaccines of doctors that do heal, and many more!
We are led by what produces results, removes physical pain and suffering, healing vaccines of doctors, not preachers of heavenly bliss none here below has experienced. We too are fallible, not infallible, actually ‘know=nothings’ compared to the ocean of knowledge and know-how to be absorbed! So follow your LIGHT & KNOW-HOW to decide! james kottoor, editor CCV.
From Mecca to Vatican — COVID-19 proves when human beings are in peril, gods flee first. Every thing is on hold in Mecca. The Pope isn't communicating with god. Brahmin priests in temples are putting masks on idols. Religion has deserted coronavirus-fearing people.
Businessmen of religion know very well that Allah will not save us from the novel coronavirus. If anyone can, it’s the scientists, who are busy finding a vaccine, a cure.
The ones who should be truly surprised by such a turn of event, the ones who should have a lot of questions, are the idiots who believe in religion. The ones who flock together like sheep and follow the herd without asking where or why. Neither do they ever seek proof of god’s existence, nor do they have any faith in rational and free thought. Are they not curious today as to why their religious institutions, the ones that are supposed to help them find refuge against disease, have shut their doors? Is serving the common people not the actual purpose of these religious institutions?
Gods are saviours for many, the ones they pray to throughout the year for protection. But when humanity is in peril, it is usually the gods who flee first.
From Vatican to temples, gods are fleeing
Coronavirus has been detected in the Vatican too, the holiest of all places for Catholics. Apparently, the Pope can communicate with god. But why is he not doing that now? Even he has not been able to lead us to any wonder drug revealed to him by divine intervention…. in peril, it is usually the gods who flee first. Isn’t that incredible? Where is god then? Do religious people not have this question?
What’s the point of religious places?
Governments everywhere should stop all grants and subsidies that are guaranteed to religious institutions. The popes, priests, clerics and sundry religious heads of the world are feeding off people’s hard-earned money but come to no actual use to them in times of need. Instead, they are force-feeding people untruths and unscientific facts, sexually abusing children and pronouncing misogynous judgements from time to time. What is the use of such institutions? What have all these religions done over the centuries other than causing harm? Other than perpetuating abuse of women, riots, partitions, bloodshed and pervasive hate?
Religious structures should be repurposed for the betterment of people as museums, science academies, laboratories and art schools. Nature has demonstrated again and again, science has proved again and again, that there is no god and religion is a fairytale. Although many people have managed to extricate themselves from the jaws of religion, especially in the more developed parts of the world, one can find a hyper-reliance on gods and worship wherever poverty, social inequalities, misogyny and barbarism are acutely present
After China, Italy is the country that has suffered the most so far from the pandemic with a total of 31,506 cases of infection and 2,503 deaths,how malleable a metal our politics is?
Science & reason for god’s sake
It’s been nearly 160 years since Charles Darwin disproved the existence of god by his theory of evolution. Humans were not made by a Creator, they evolved from apes. Long before Darwin, 16th-century figures such as Galileo and his predecessor Copernicus had shown that the biblical notions of space and cosmos were wrong. Despite this, most people in the world have continued to believe in the divine. Their invisible gods have remained invisible, no proof of their existence has been found to date, but blind faith has persisted.
And now with the coronavirus pandemic spreading from one person to another, country after country, most religious gatherings and congregations are shut. People who would otherwise run to their nearby temples, mosques, churches and other places of worship to seek protection from illnesses and diseases have nowhere to go — except hospitals and isolation centres.
So, the facts as they stand now are clear: diseases are not cured by Allah, God or Bhagwan; diseases are cured by scientists. Human beings are not saved by supernatural powers but by other human beings. Religious people are no longer waiting for benevolence from their respective gods; they are waiting for a vaccine. Isn’t it time people cast aside their religious madness and embrace reason?
Voltaire might say, “I have no scepter, but I have a pen”.