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5: Religion is outdated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.
Thanks for liking it. Makes me feel better. Good FSM hint. Maybe I'll try something like "10 FSM noodly appendages up" on my next compliment :)
A "How to" on slavery might contain a nice gumbo recipe. That does not mean we should not just toss the whole thing out anyway. Its ok to be discriminating of bullshit. Its ok to be intolerant of bigotry and hatred. Its ok to be hard on all this crap, to take a dim view of people who take a dim view of other people for no reason
It is necessary to discern bullshit! It is essential to be intolerant of bigotry and hatred. It is imperative to be hard on all this crap, it is crucial to take a dim view of people who take a dim view of other people for no reason. Silence implies agreement.
Think it through! Name the problem! Imagine a preferred future! Muster some courage! Take action! Evaluate outcomes! Wash-rinse-repeat!
Religion also causes people to simply 'pray' for those less fortunate than rather do something about it, and think they have done more than the people actually working to solve the problem.
Caleb, I agree with you! I call this "cheap, lazy religion".
If you attack or insult someone you disagree with they will get offended and you will exacerbate the conflict. If you can prove the greater validity of your point of view, without threatening them you have the possibility of changing their minds. If you are secure in the greater validity of your point of view, wouldn't the second option be more attractive?
I felt uncomfortable with the title of this thread since I was afraid it would do more to alienate those who disagree with us than show Atheism as a confident, tolerant and welcoming approach to understanding that welcomed those curious about Atheism.
This thread is dedicated at atheists and agnostics, to help magnify the negative effects of religion. Do I agree with calling religion 'cheap' and 'lazy'? Not in front of its followers. As the offensive movement, we have to assert our points with confidence yet grace, and an awareness that the other person is in fact, a person. People close their minds when insulted, so we must be careful not to insult them.
However, if one is skeptic about this post(a theist venturing onto here to see some of the more common arguments), they can research this to find all of these disturbing - some horrific - claims are true. But will they? Likely not, because their first impression is what they first see, which is: Religion is Bad.
Caleb, you are totally correct. However, I have been put-down, trivialized, discounted, demonized, insulted, threatened with rape, my house painted with xian nonsense, and I have no reason to be gentle or thoughtful. I am honest. I have been harmed and so have my family members because of xian beliefs. I have no interest in being mild with them.
Thank you for your comment. It matters to me what you think and I take it in, seriously.
Yes, I agree, some religions are absolutely appalling in their beliefs - take extremist Islam, or the murderous Catholics in the earlier era. There is much to abhor about religion, even the most stoic, most peaceful of religions.
I do not mean to trivialize anyone's experiences with religion, good or bad, I simply meant to point out: if we wish to clearly and effectively convert those who follow it, we must retain as neutral of a side as possible, and appear superior in not only our logic, but our very lives as well.
Let's look at some historical events. Take, for example, King Leopold's brutal subjugation of the Congo. It wasn't polite Victorian ladies who put a stop to that. It was hard working journalists who told the truth in clear, brutal terms, that turned the scoundrel in. The nobility of Europe was eager to put a damper on his prosecution, but the evidence of handless little boys and girls gave testimony to Leopolds barbarity.
Let's look at USA slavery and the struggles that brought that to an end. It wasn't the polite ladies and gentlemen in their parlors who revealed the ravages caused by human slavery and the ways it cripples the political, economic and religious institutions made putrid by its effects.
Let's look at the civil rights movement of the 60s. It wasn't the college professor lecturing about the evils of slavery, or the polite preachings of the bible thumpers. It was the men and women, marching in the streets, sitting in the cafes and getting spit on, it was the little girls and boys being protected by US marshals while grotesque faces of white men and women shouting obscenities at them.
Let's look at the slaughter of Native Americans from north and south, who were displaced from their lands and lifestyles, if not by disease, then by guns and steel. It was the natives who rose up and demanded their civil rights, getting hosed, beaten, killed, while the polite folks tsk, tsk, tusked in their pristine ivory towers.
Let's look at the powerful attempts to keep women under the boots of men, even inferior in intelligence and competence. It was not the religious sitting in pews with their hands folded in prayer, kneeling on hard floors imploring women to assume their proper place as colonized gender. It was the women who marched, waved their umbrellas, fasted, were force fed with hoses, and who demanded rights to an education, health care to prevent unplanned pregnancies, and equal opportunity for jobs. Beaten by husbands, blamed by religious, prosecuted by Bronze Age laws and blocked, even to this day to control over their own bodies.
Who said anything about wanting to convert any imbecile to non-belief. We will be diminished by their participation in the struggle for freedom. I have no interest in attracting the deluded fools. I am interested in getting their laws off of my body, out of my way and out of my business.
But they won't simply die off, they are illogical, and because of that, they feel as it their 'logic' must be imposed upon us. Therenfore, we must inform them of where their 'logic' is flawed, why they should consider our logic, and at the very least, convince them that we shouldn't have to follow their 'logic' and life style. But insulting them will get us nowhere.
I agree that religion is basically a cancer to free society. But to simply assume it will die without any active fighting it is foolishness. And every theist that an atheist converts in one more to convert other theists. So it is in one's best interest - in the pursuit of freedom and a healthy society - to help others who have been blinded by indoctrination, propaganda, and beliefs that were created out of fear, joy, and the desire to control others.
Religion is screwed up, top to bottom, left to right, I'm not arguing it is not. It promotes slavery, rape, murder, and many other vile, senseless acts. But if we are to pursue a truly free society, we must fight to - without intervention of the law, that would be hypocrisy - free others from religion.
But telling them that they're idiots is not the way to go about it - or, at least, it's not the way to begin. We must approach them as if they are are intellectual equal, for they see themselves as intellectually superior. I'm not saying be politically correct here, or to lie to them about their religion. Sure! Tell them that their religion caused crusades, that is diminishes women's rights, that is is an enabler for vile misuse of authority. But just throwing it at them and saying: "Here you are, cretins!" is not the best way to go about it.
You may very well be correct in your assessment. I have been wrong before and some say to slow down, don't be in such a hurry. Say that to a black person or an native of any colonized country, or any slave, or the generations upon generations of women perishing under cruel prejudices.
Perhaps your way is the wiser way to go. Are you a minority of any dimension? Have you come from some background of ancestral pain? Have you looked into the generations of your background and found privilege or domination? Are you white? male? heterosexual?
Would you be saying the same things if you were none of these that carry some privilege in their status?