I was born Jewish and come from a Jewish family. I am not practicing though. I do like, however that comic books have a wide range of religions. Some of them are portrayed in a very nice light. Others, I think in a sense, might be overdoing it. For example:
Then you have Magneto, a Jewish Holocaust survivor. There's no doubt that he has PTSD from everything that happened to him. The Holocaust was probably one of the most horrific events in history: I also lost family. His method of coping the first time was rather extreme: he did not want mutants to face the same thing. However, he has learned to survive and he uses his instincts that he used back then to be less extreme. He knows the horror he survived and always relates everything to his experiences. As for his faith, he never forgets it. He and Shadowcat both practice at times.
You have Idie Okonkwo, the third "Light" that was activated by Hope. She is a Christian and has upheld her faith very well for a young girl. For example, she believed that her powers were a sin even though everyone else told her she had nothing wrong with her. She also thought that Kitty and Peter being "together" before marriage was immoral (though saying being in a hospital with a crazy baby was safe might have been a little over doing it). When she was talking to Nemesis, she wanted him to fix the sin, claiming everyone was cursed. That part was interesting to me because it showed just how strongly she believed in her faith. Her sales pitch to the crazy baby though, I thought might have overdone it. We understand that she's a young woman who is a strong believer in her faith but saying to a baby that doesn't want to be born that he could be christened and not go to hell might have been a bit much. It's not really of what she said but because almost everything she says is religion based and I think that's getting in the way of development.
Then you have people like Reverend Stryker and Reverend Craig who kill others in the name of "God." They condone murder because they think being a mutant is a sin of God whereas they commit the bigger sin by murder. I think that's not only hypocritical but I also believe that it's such a bad view of religion. There are a lot of views that people die in the name of religion (I won't lie, I agree with this), however that does not make every religion BAD or everyone from a certain faith EVIL. These two men show a double view of intolerance and while I know they were supposed to be evil, I think blaming deaths on a higher power is a bit much and shows a lot of negative stereotypes about some faiths.
I have no problem with any religion, before you comment. I believe in tolerance for all, whether you're Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Catholic, Buhddist, whatever.
What do you guys think though about how Religion is portrayed in comics?