Wednesday, 11 September 2013
“Sweden is an open, liberal, secular and democratic country,” he says. “We strive towards achieving equality, we are forward-looking and refuse to be pulled back by social constructs, such as religion.”

While ABBA never made any serious political statements with its music, Ulvaeus himself has emerged as a controversial social commentator in recent years. Less known outside Sweden are his secularist views, and his avid criticism of religion.

An active member of Humanisterna, the Swedish member organization of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, he says religion constraints creativity.

“Religion is the root of so much misery in the world and I’ve always thought there is lack of criticism against it.”

Ulvaeus is keen to stress that his critical views on religion aren’t directed towards individual practitioners of religion or any particular faith. But he isn’t afraid to call out what he sees to be cultural pain stemming from religion.

“Look at all the misery in the Middle East for example. All these countries have Islam in common, and far too few dare to criticize Islam as an ideology, and what it’s doing to these countries. I know I might get punched in the face for saying these things, but my conviction is that less religion in the world would be better.”
Source: WSJ

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Florida, USA - Some people get more than a punch in the face for criticizing the religion of peace.

Anonymous said...

I think I have a new hero!

Timmy said...

Just another typical cowardly liberal twit. Any time you hear some moron criticizing "all" religion, but never directly attacking Islam or Muhammad for specific problems associated only with them, you know you are dealing with a coward and a fool. They know that Christians won't kill them for criticizing Christianity or Jesus so that is why they are fair game, but not Islam, unless they attack "all" religion, like a worm.

Anonymous said...

How dares this stupid swedish hippie, this miscreant, to equate islamic filthiness with religion, and sweden's tyrannical view of 'secularism' and democracy with an effort to achieve equality?

Is official, the world would be a better place if swedish stupidity disappears from earth's surface together with islam and socialism.

Anonymous said...

It's the religion of "bits and pieces"

Anonymous said...

What a dumb Swedish cunt.

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