IMAGINE all religions True

John Lennon Imagined a world without a lot of things, including religion, in his paean to Utopia.

But what would the world be like if every person on earth became a fundamentalist of their chosen religion?  Can you Imagine that?

Both Cee Lo Green and Jonathan Swift can.

Last week, during the New Year’s Eve countdown show on NBC’s New Year’s Eve broadcast from Times Square,  Cee Lo Green sang Lennon’s “Imagine.” Green changed three words, singing:

“Nothing to kill or die for/And all religion’s true,”.  The original lyrics read “Nothing to kill or die for/And no religion too.”

This made news and stirred up controversy when loyal Lennon fans were outraged that the lyrics, and the meaning, were changed.

Coincidentally, this week I saw a similarly misguided notion on a bumper sticker on the back of a shiny white new Volvo wagon:

“We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. - Jonathan Swift

John Lennon had it right.  If all religions were true, and if everyone practiced their faith to the max, the world would be a much crazier and more violent place.  The violence of mere mortals driven by belief is already the prime mover of death and oppression.

If religions were actually TRUE, there would be literal Holy Wars with mythological and biblical deities leading human armies in scorched earth destruction of mankind.  Imagine if the video games Age of Mythology, or God or War came to life!  Hell on earth, so to speak. Or maybe hilarity on earth when the Sumerian god Gozer returns.

Thanks the gods that they cannot meddle with the lives of humans.  If only their adherents would follow suit.

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