On Mars, we don’t have organized religion; those of us that believe in a Supreme Being don’t feel he is so insecure that he needs us to gather once a week to sing his praises, as people seem to believe on Earth. We also don’t see a need for “religious leaders” that tell us how God wants us to live our lives. We believe that it is each person’s job in life to find that out for themselves.
Oddly, though, on Earth this is not the case. People on the third planet seem to thrive on being told what to do and how to behave. Religious leaders on Earth are only too eager to take advantage of this human flaw. This wouldn’t be overly terrible if they would just focus on important things; sadly, in many cases they do not.
Take the Catholics’ leader, Pope Benedict:
BERLIN (Reuters) – Pope Benedict believes the Harry Potter books subtly seduce young readers and “distort Christianity in the soul” before it can develop properly, according to comments attributed to him by a German writer. (Story here.)
In this Martian’s humble opinion, a child actually reading a book instead of watching television or playing a video game is a good thing.