When we discipline the

Harmless yet

Reward

Evil

 

When we punish adults

For consensual

Sex

 

When we associate

Sexuality with

Shame

 

When we insist

Suppression

Of love

 

When we deplore

Independent

Thought

 

When we condone

Exploitation of

Children

 

When we abandon mercy

For archaic

Laws

 

When we blindly

Cherry pick

Scripture

 

When we self elect

God’s personal

Mouthpiece

 

When women exist

As a narrator’s

Afterthought

 

When religion annuls

One’s reasonable

Thinking

 

When religion invokes

One’s illogical

Hate

 

When religion compromise

One’s human

Dignity

 

When religion result

In piles of

Corpses

 

When religion manages

Only self-

Loathing

 

We ask,

Is religion synonymous with human decency?

Is religion synonymous with God?

 

Writer’s disclaimer: This is not a personal attack on one particular religion; it is a rhetorical piece about religion as an entity. If anyone regards it a personal attack, remember, “siapa makan cili, dia yang rasa pedas” (he who bites into a chilli feels the fiery bite of spicy torture/ he who is guilty will feel the guilt).