Quote from Roy Batty on July 3, 2017, 12:53
I would describe myself as a militant atheist, however, I am struggling to come up with a sufficiently withering response to people who say "what's the harm in religion, if it makes people feel better?"
Any advice would be much appreciated.
There is a huge harm in religion.
Religion is not about "believing in one god or another". Religion is a very well organized propaganda and subjugation of people to believe in specific god(s) and following specific dogmas, rules, rituals and religious laws.
"Religious laws" are very old, cruel and are absolutely incompatible with modern society and they are also controversial with civil laws of western countries.
Religious laws are against human rights, against freedom, against equality.
Still religious people try to force everyone to comply with their old-fashioned, harmful, unfair laws.
Religion oppresses women. Religion oppresses people of other religions and atheists. Religion is homophobic. Religion steals our freedom. Religion creates obstacles to science, technology and medicine. Religion is aggressive. The source of islamic terrorism is in religion, because terrorists base their attacks on their belief.
You want to believe in Jesus, Allah, Buddha, Krishna, Zeus, Aphrodite, etc.? Please do. But stop forcing others! Stop propaganda. Stop pressing governments to create absurd laws that have no sense in modern society. Stop teaching religion in school. Let every child believe in whatever he or she decides: Santa, witches, ghosts, Jesus, Hercules or maybe not believe in any of this stuff.
Religion does not allow people to think freely and have their OWN opinion, if that opinion does not support the religious dogma. Religion is evil. Religion is a virus, it is cancer that keeps destroying people's society.
Why communist and nazi propaganda is not allowed and christian, muslim and judaic is?
One doesn't like eating meat. He/she is a vegetarian. And he/she says: I don't eat meat. The other doesn't like eating meat together with cheese. But instead of just saying that he/she says: I don't eat meat with cheese because MY RELIGION DOES NOT ALLOW ME.
This is not my humble opinion, this is a POWERFUL opinion of many people who share MY RELIGION. We are strong and our opinion is important and your opinion is not important, because your opinion does not come from religion.
But why do you guys don't eat meat with cheese? Do you have a reason for that? No, the only reason is because this is written in a 2000 years old book.
If you don't ware hijab, you will have trouble!
Why? Not because you will get cold without it. But because it is against your religion.
No harm in everyone believing in any god(s) he/she wants. Harm in forcing your believes on others. Why we don't allow sexist and xenophobic content in books and newspapers, but we do allow this in religious books and in religious teaching?