Volume 93, Issue 37

Thursday, November 4, 1999


Research story not legitimate

True hero in the sun is not Rose

What about porno in the Holy Bible?

Fighting for respect

Asking for $10 is $10 too much

Library of politicians

Religion conquers love

Religion conquers love

I hate religion.

Not in the literal sense, of course. I am a very strong believer that there is a God watching over and helping us in our daily lives. What I do not understand, however, are the many intricacies and complexities of religious followings.

I am not very religious. My mother was brought up in a Christian household and my father went to a Catholic church every Sunday. However, for some reason, religion was not an integral part of my upbringing.

My family celebrates each of the holidays and holds them of the utmost importance, but they are not rooted to any specific church. What the holidays do represent is the gathering of family and friends and the sharing of love between these individuals.

Although many would beg to differ – I think I turned out all right despite not having been directly influenced by a strong religious presence.

This is why I find it hard to understand why religion would stand in the way of the pursuit of happiness.

It is also why I find it impossible to agree with the idea that two soulmates should not be combined as one because one of the "great books" forbids it. And why I find it difficult to fathom how a moral or social "good" is conducted when religion blocks the path of the love one person feels for another.

Maybe it's because I didn't grow up in a religious home or don't realize the importance rigidity serves in the various faiths of the world, or maybe there are some things I just don't get.

One thing I do understand, however, is the importance of seeing someone for who they are on the inside. It comes down to the basic premise of "not judging a book by it's cover." Where is the logic in loving everything about an individual and throwing it all away because that person does not share the same religion?

This draws parallels to society's prejudice against interracial couples. Due to social scrutiny, relationships such as these are only now becoming accepted in today's society. But using the religion template – how could two people come together from very different cultures and backgrounds, yet still overlook all of this and find a way of accepting each other's differences?

It happens because any way you look at it – love is love. Whether it's the love of an African-American person for a white person, an Asian for a Native Indian, a Buddhist for a Hindu, a Christian for a Jewish person – in the end love has no boundaries. It sees no colours, backgrounds, races, or beliefs.

That is, in a perfect world.

I used to be a firm believer in the saying that love will conquer all. I now know that although it conquers most, it will never triumph over the power of religion.

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