Actually, clanging cymbal is probably a too-generous descriptor of this video (Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus), which has been ricocheting across the Internet of late, racking up somewhere in the neighborhood of six million views in just three days.
What captivating here, aside from the evangelical street smarts on display in the young speaker’s (rather well-executed) quasi-verse monologue, is that some of his message is : an absolutely valid critique of what religion should not be. If it is just a set of rules and not a love affair, it is dead. You cant have works without faith any more than you can have faith without works.
But where the young man is wrong, he’s exquisitely wrong. He doesnt criticize organized religion so much as he absolutely dismembers it, spurns it on principle (it’s the infection, creating slaves). No reform would be good enough for this young man, so religion must be abolished completely as, he ludicrously claims, Christ intended. While some of his lines may sound like standard Protestant accusations against Catholics (the denunciations of elaborate church architecture, the implication that those who follow rules don’t understand that Christ’s work is finished), he goes far beyond even the most austere Christian denominations theology (and far beyond the pale) when, by the admission of the video’s own title, he descends into outright hatred.
I wont attempt to deconstruct any more of the videos argument here, as it is an infuriating task, and has (thankfully) been done on countless other blogs already. A balanced, charitable-but-firm rebuttal can be found at Patheos Bad Catholic, which combs through the video’s claims and attempts to separate the intellectual wheat from the chaff, of which there is much.