I believe Dr. Aslan’s reports on CNN entitled “Believer” on CNN are all edifying and distinctive. His report last Sunday was about a new religion in Mexico whose followers Worship Santa Muerte, Holy Death. This religion is growing in popularity not only in Mexico but also in the southern part of the United States despite emphatic opposition by Catholic Church.
Just like other religions, this religion, grew out of dissatisfaction, feeling of insecurity and mistreatment of some people by the dominant religion. Disenfranchised, they felt left out and had nowhere to turn to, they thus created their own religion.
What I learned from this report reinforced my own conviction that religions are like big business companies operating under the oligopoly market structure. Each of them tries to protect its market share by catering to its own niche and utilizing every appealing tactics. Because of rivalry and mutual interdependence, religions do not tolerate each other just like business companies. They react to one another often with hostility because they know if their rivals can gain more market share it is at their expense. Worried about losing adherents, the Catholic Church in Mexico Condemned Santa Muerte albeit unsuccessfully according to the report. Obviously, the dominant religion cannot tolerate the new ones, especially if there is rivalry between them. That explains why Shia is most hostile toward Bahaism, despite the fact that this religion is the off-spring of Islam. Islam is however, more tolerant toward Judaism and Christianity simply because there is no rivalry between Islam and these two religions.
Another lessons learned, religions are the figment of human imagination created especially by the unsecured and downtrodden people who have no place to turn to in case of emotional agony and suffering.
What do you think?