On grand cathedrals,mosques and temples

Wole Soyinka writes and I agree with him that

(..)all we can be certain of ( because it is clearly provable) is that the proliferation of grandiose cathedrals, basilicas, temples, mosques, shrines, and other places of worship throughout the global landscape has not perceptibly improved the living conditions or moral sensibilities of the large part of humanity

The open sore of a continent by Wole Soyinka

If we don’t tame religion, it will be the end of us

Soyinka was talking of Nigeria but I think his comments apply equally to anywhere else in the world where there are religious people.

“I do not say kill religion, though, I wouldn’t mind a bit if that mission could be undertaken surgically, painlessly perhaps, under anaesthesia, effectively sprayed all over the nation or perhaps during an induced pouch of religious ecstasy.

“We may never prosecute anybody for killing in the name of religion precisely because we have been unable to separate criminality from religion.