on 29 March 2010
For a relatively short book Parenti has compiled a substantial list of appalling behaviour directly caused by, or greatly facilitated by, organised religious structures. Direct, widespread and unavoidable evidence of what religiously inclined people do when put in positions of authority, or when systems exist to offer them protection and anonymity, is compelling if distressing reading.
The book isn't heavy-handedly promoting its own view (not that I'd mind), with simple praise for the virtues of secularism only, but in no uncertain terms points out the hypocritical, excessive, abusive and downright criminal acts allowed (and promoted) by religious structures.
Intriguing, disturbing, relentless and poignantly relevant. Wherever people reside on the belief spectrum, this is something they need to read.