I have not been on Atheist Nexus much lately but I have had this list for at least four years and wanted to share it. Here are 55 reasons why religion is bad:

1: Religion was created to control
2: Religion is a lie
3: Religion is condescending
4: Religion is viral
5: Religion is outdated
6: Religion is riddled with moral inconsistencies
7: Religion justifies racism
8: Religion justifies discrimination
9: Religion justifies sexism
10: Religion justifies intolerance
11: Religion justifies slavery
12: Religion justifies child abuse
13: Religion justifies rape
14: Religion justifies murder
15: Religion devalues reason
16: Religion devalues truth
17: Religion devalues humanity
18: Religion uses circular logic
19: Religion contradicts scientifically proven facts
20: Religion restricts free thought
21: Religion restricts freedom of choice
22: Religion restricts scientific progress
23: Religion restricts medical progress
24: Religion restricts social progress
25: Religion represses sexuality
26: Religion restricts sexual freedom
27: Religion restricts safe sex
28: Religion restricts contraceptive use
29: Religion restricts woman's rights
30: Religion promotes non-consensual genital mutilation
31: Religion encourages complacency
32: Religion encourages false information
33: Religion encourages ignorance
34: Religion teaches to be submissive
35: Religion teaches behaviour through authority by means of reward and punishment
36: Religion steals time
37: Religion steals money
38: Religion steals energy
39: Religion steals resources
40: Religion steals knowledge
41: Religion steals lives
42: Religion defines human nature
43: Religion creates psychological problems
44: Religion creates resent
45: Religion creates shame
46: Religion creates guilt
47: Religion creates fear
48: Religion creates stress
49: Religion creates irreconcilable divisions
50: Religion creates violence
51: Religion creates terrorism
52: Religion creates wars
53: Religion destroys relationships
54: Religion destroys families
55: Religion destroys communities

Over the years I have been disliking religion more and more, especially religious people because they are supporters of what is basically crime against humanity. One of these days I will put something on a church to criticize their nonsense.

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Yes literally on a church. The Catholic, Anglican and United churches were responsible for one of the biggest mass murders here in Canada. About 25 million people were killed by these sick bastards.

I agree booklover.  Are religions getting worse or are we becoming less tolerant of them?  I'm becoming an angry atheist in my old age.  I don't want my g-kids learning this crap and I no longer find any redeeming value in religion.  It seems the bad far exceeds the good.

I thought it might be easy to pick through your list and find something easy to discredit. I didn't. Although, when I got to the end I found something that was perhaps worded poorly - #56 - religion destroys countries should probably be restated t o say that religion destroys governments. All in all a good synopsis though.

Yes you are right. Governments would be better than countries.

Yes I agree - you could write a book on why religion is bad.

One correction I'd like to offer:

Religion does not adapt WILLINGLY.  It DOES adapt ... grudgingly and slow as an arthritic glacier, but it does adapt ... generally when it has no other choice.

I didn't see adaptation on this list, Loren. Which one, exactly, are you correcting?

Hmph ... would have SWORN I saw something about religion not adapting or changing.

[Loren grumbles about his eyeglasses prescription...]

On religion justifying slavery, just last night I saw a female church pastor in a documentary claiming that slavery in the old south was justified because the African slaves "were better off than they would have been in their own country." WTF?

There are still frigging morons like this around. It's easier to say this crap than to claim your bible was wrong.

WTF indeed!

People can use the bible to justify just about anything. Perhaps that's one reason why it's remained in circulation for these two millennia.

Any book that requires "interpretation" and is sufficiently vague in places to allow for multiple and sometimes contradictory takes on what it says is going to qualify pretty well, Cat ... and it's more than clear that this is EXACTLY what has happened with the bible.

Then Palin made the remark about slaves last week.  Crazy bitch.




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