I’m succumbing to peer pressure and posting Jefferson Bethke’s spoken word piece, “Why I hate Religion, but Love Jesus.”
Damn near everyone else has already posted comments on this particular virus of a video. Some notables are (on our side) Friendly Atheist and Godless Girl. From Christians, The American Jesus pans the whole thing and picks apart the assumptions. On top of these, Jonathan Fitzgerald at Patrol has the decency to call it out as bad poetry.
For myself, I’ll just say that Bethke has an extremely narrow and completely self-serving definition of religion that would be unrecognizable to a good chunk of the world’s religious population. He’s attempting to project everything he doesn’t like about his tradition onto the word “religion” and then disassociate himself from it. It doesn’t work that way.