Here's an interesting press release I received yesterday from Marc Perkel of the Church of Reality. I think he makes several valid points. What do you think?
The Church of Reality today issues a challenge to other religions on the issue of ethics and morality. We live in a world where the hatred among religions grows daily between Christianity and Islam and the time has come to put a stop to it. Both sides claim the superior moral position and to represent the word of God while taking up arms and going to war with no concern for the costs to civilization and the future of the human race. Both religions claim divine inspiration from the same source, but as an outside observer, we do not see it. We believe that what you do represents what you believe and, if you are dishonest and you are violent, then that is what you are and that is what you believe.
Both religions claim to be a religion of peace, yet neither side has not the will nor the divine inspiration to make peace happen. If your religions truly have divine inspiration and guidance, then one can only conclude that your gods are failures. On the other hand, if your gods actually do represent love and peace, then your religions do a disservice to your creator.
It is logical, therefore, to assume that the superior religion would be the one which wins based upon the nature of the gods that one believes in. Therefore, our challenge is: Show us your God through you and show you are the true voice of the master by winning through peace and not by war. According to your own holy books, when you turn to war over peace and when you put hate before love, you are violating the very core principles that you claim that God stands for. Therefore, you cannot win a religious war by doing the opposite of what you claim God wants you to do.
We in the Church of Reality are Atheists. We look at your behavior and we conclude that, if a God does exist, that you are not in touch with it. We are committed to believing in whatever is real. We would believe in God if God were real. Your religions claim that you have a personal relationship with God, that you communicate with God directly, and that God transforms you into something that reflects its nature. So we say, show us the fruits of that transformation. We ask you, if your God is powerful enough to erase the hatred from your heart and to bring peace through each of you, to stop the violence. If your God is so weak that his followers can't stop killing, then you aren't going to convert any Realists to your religions.
We in the Church of Reality also believe, "By their fruits you shall know them." So, if you are filled with the spirit of the Lord, then lets see if you can shine the light of God's peace and love and end the wars.