8 November 2017

Video: Funmi Iyanda Answers the Question “Why Is Religion So Destructive?”

In this episode of  ‘Ask Funmi’, media personality, Funmi Iyanda speaks about, “Why is religion so destructive?”

Noting the sensitivity of the topic, Funmi says her personal view of religion is that it’s like one’s private part, “it’s yours and it’s a bit indecent to expose it.”

She explained how people have, in the name of religion, done harmful things to other people.
“I think one of the ways people use religion to do really destructive things and we cannot argue that people have used religion through the centuries to do some of the most horrible things to other human beings is because they create the idea of an entity that is different from them as a human being and as long as you give ultimate power to that entity, you can then say that, that entity justifies what you do to your fellow human being.”

She said that people, who commit evil in the name of God cannot confront themselves if God is removed from the situation.

“If we didn’t have the cop-out to outsource our responsibility as human beings to a higher unseen power then we cannot justify doing anything to another human being on the basis of the authority of a higher authority and that is the idea of these kind of god most religion teach.”

Funmi says, although, religion will be more useful if we understand religion as as philosophical basis of life.

“These are just basic suggestions of what will make life better for us. If we think about it that way, I think religion can be very useful to people. It helps people find purpose. I don’t think everybody needs that. I, personally, do not need religion to have purpose but people do need these things and if they need it, they need it. And people have done great things from the ideas around religion. Like the ideas of building and supporting humanity and I think that the most human thing we can do to one another, for one another, is to prevent societies, systems, structures and people from making other human beings desperate.”