My Webster's New World Dictionary (paperback) - revised and updated - 2003 -
says this about Religion:
1. belief in or worship of God (or gods)
2. a specific system of belief, worship, etc., often involving a code of ethics
Now some People (and you know who you are) have been really making
Bill Maher mad by claiming that Atheism is in fact a Religion - the very
thing that Bill is going around dissing.
According to Webster - at least in definition no. 1 - Religion means that you have
to Worship God or gods. Here let us confine ourselves to God with a capital G.
So by that defintion - Atheism would NOT be a Religion - since Bill and his Athiest
friends clearly state that they do not even Believe in God - although I heard Bill say
right on his show that even Richard Dawkins leaves a small margin of error - just
in case they are wrong. I mean nobody wants to knock at the Pearly Gates and then
have St. Peter say, 'Sorry *ssh*h*le. You were not a Believer. Enjoy Hell.'
At this point I would like to say to Bill Maher that I am on a first name basis with
God and will put in a good word for him - but he really ought to watch himself
in the future.
Now - this is where it gets REALLY interesting.
Some say that Scientology is NOT a Religion.
But does not the second defintion say that:
'Religion can be a specific system of beliefs and involving
a code of Ethics.'
Now I'm not a Scientologist - I'm a Christian - they got me when I was a kid -
but excuse me folks I've read that Scientology does fit into this second category.
What's the bottom line here?
Let's stop obsessing already about what each other believes and concentrate on
my Divorce - anyone have $1500 for the Retainer 's Fee?
Because I 'm in Love with Bill Maher - and I want out of the Loveless situation I'm in.