Hey folks here with some learnin for ya!
Now this is not an anti religion rant, I love religion, it gives people hope, faith and a reason to live. But sadly, religions also gives people Hate, anger, and the feeling that they are better than those who do not think as they do.
Now not all religious people are like this, the vast majority are kind, helpful people, but, like a political party, each has its…nutcases.
Catholics hate on gays, spew religious text as a reason to discriminate, and many even outright lie about the churches stance on many things.
A common myth, upheld by the catholic church, is that it has always been anti abortion, but until the 1700s the churches stance on fetal life was that a child has no soul until they take their first breath. This was to calm the fears of women who gave birth to children who died on the way out, so that they could be assured they would not have ‘sinned’ by letting an unbaptized child die. It wasn’t until the world found out about fetal heart beats that the idea that a child is alive before it is born came to be.
This is not about abortion though, it is about religion and mental illness.
The catholic church has been very careful in recent years to avoid this subject, so I don’t have much on their opinion of it other than some 50+ year old statements from church officials.
The most recent of these statements says tat the churches official view on ‘so called mental illness’ is that it is an atheist attempt to harbor demons. It does not say that out right, but if you read it all the way through, the meaning is quite clear.
The religious orders with the most gentle consideration of the mentally ill are the Buddhists, the Shinto, and the various Celtic and Druidic orders.
Now if you want to know how the catholic and other Christian churches view mental illness, just google “Mentally Ill Exorcism” Its pretty bad though so only do it if you have a strong stomach, or you know, absolutely zero sympathy for other humans…
It is regrettable that so many religious groups seem to hate the mentally ill, sometimes more than they do the homosexuals, but it is a fact of life for many of us.
The only group that openly discriminates against the mentally ill, as far as I know, is the Church of Scientology…Who will not only deny you membership for having one, but will kick you out and take all of your money if you are diagnosed or even suspected of having one, while in their group.
The sad thing is, many religions still see mental illness as either ‘fake’ or as a demonic possession or even witchcraft!
If you are a religious person, try to learn your churches stance on mental illness, if your church is accepting and even charitable towards those like me, please reply to this posting with their views, I love to learn about different kinds of people!