Quote from Alcuin on March 30, 2019, 10:19
Just say "no"!
We can all empathise when people say things like "I know I'll see her again when it is my time to 'pass'. That is what keeps me going". The philanthropic work of religious organisations like the Salvation Army and Muslim aid charities are to be recognised and applauded.
That said, it should be recognised that there is no substantial, scientific evidence of an afterlife and every indication that 'belief' is no better founded than witchcraft or soothsaying. So, it should be seen as the superstition it is and neither organised religion nor even a god is necessary in order to "believe in" reincarnation or afterlife.
Philanthropy is probably better practised through essentially secular organisations like the Red Cross and Red Crescent. No need to attribute the motivation to a god or to religious beliefs. The urge to help our fellow beings is the same in the non-believer as it is in the superstitious.
So, just say "no" to gods and drugs. Say yes to truth and a healthy mind.
The problem with a number of religtardologies, especially, it seems, christardologies, is that it is all too often used as a smoke screen for illegal activities such as paedophilia. This is especially true of the cat licker church which, until recently, protected its paedophiles from the law. Religtardology is, all too often, also used to line the pockets of those at the top of the religtard food chain. Peter Popoff, for example, the televangelist, was exposed by James Randi, in 1986 for using an earpiece to receive radio messages from his wife, who gave him the names, addresses and ailments of audience members during Popoff-led religious services. Popoff falsely claimed God revealed this information to him so that Popoff could cure them by faith healing. Popoff was collecting almost $4 million per year in the late 1980s, according to Randi. In 2003, his ministry received over $9.6 million, and in 2005, over $23 million. In that year, he and his wife were paid a combined salary of nearly $1 million, while two of his children received over $180,000 each. Financial data is not available for Popoff's ministry after 2005 because Peter Popoff Ministries changed from a for-profit business to a religious organization the following year, making it tax-exempt. Popoff purchased a home in Bradbury, California, for $4.5 million in 2007. He drives a Porsche and a Mercedes-Benz.