In our current society RELIGION has come to mean only organized Right Path religion:
Christianity. Judaism. Islam. Hinduism. Sikhism. etc.
But people, again, fail to look at the word's actual definitions.
Pay close attention to the second and third definitions.
Lets look at the word itself, a word which originally meant
RESPECT FOR THAT WHICH IS SACRED
The origins of the Latin roots, RELIGIO and RELIGIONEM, are obscure at best.
One potential possibility traces back to the great orator of Rome, Cicero, from the words
Which creates: TO GO OVER AGAIN or TO CONSIDER CAREFULLY
Cicero's definition of religion was CULTUM DEORUM (how appropriate)
which means THE PROPER PERFORMANCE OF RITES IN VENERATION OF THE GODS
This is where The Cult sees truth.
In medieval times the word was recognized as an individual virtue of worship.
Not as a doctrine.
It referred to social obligations to family and neighbors. It was only in the 1200s that the English took the word to mean a life bound by monastic vows and then in the 1500s it was hijacked by the Church to mean religion in the sense of separation of worldly things and to distinguish and establish the domain of civil authority.
Consider this: Neither the Bible nor the Quran (nor the people within the cultures of those texts) ever actually had a word for the concept of religion.
The Cult of Cthulhu aims to see a world where, like CULT, the word RELIGION is reclaimed from those who have stolen it.
Yes, this is a religion, insomuch as
• It is a pursuit that we follow with great devotion
• That we have CONSIDERED CAREFULLY
• In that we carry out THE PROPER PERFORMANCE OF RITES IN VENERATION OF THE GODS
• And in that we show RESPECT FOR THAT WHICH IS SACRED.