Evidence abounds that religion provides a resister to knowledge that is based on evidence. Looking for answers in an ancient text is like looking for the cause of the Bubonic Plague in the ether. The reality is rats with lice spread the deadly disease and killed a third of Europe's population in the 1300s.
"The Black Death arrived in Europe by sea in October 1347 when 12 Genoese trading ships docked at the Sicilian port of Messina after a long journey through the Black Sea. The people who gathered on the docks to greet the ships were met with a horrifying surprise: Most of the sailors aboard the ships were dead, and those who were still alive were gravely ill. They were overcome with fever, unable to keep food down and delirious from pain. Strangest of all, they were covered in mysterious black boils that oozed blood and pus and gave their illness its name: the “Black Death.” The Sicilian authorities hastily ordered the fleet of “death ships” out of the harbor, but it was too late: Over the next five years, the mysterious Black Death would kill more than 20 million people in Europe–almost one-third of the continent’s population."
To have faith in superstition is one thing, to expect faith to solve real world problems is ludicrous. To hear, "Have you been saved?" is an insult to intelligent thinking and should be challenged at once. To listen to "I'll pray for you" is just another ridiculous statement that is as empty as the shell of an avocado. Faux-beliefs yield no freedom, impedes progress, resists new ideas, blocks valid information, opposes progress and offers no relief, other than what imagination produces.
Religion is overcome one funeral at a time; the old ones who believe the superstitions can become replaced by thinking, reasoning, compassionate, caring, decent individuals who stand on their own two feet, know right from wrong from their internal guidance system, make decisions based on valid information and take decisive action to solve problems and conflicts.
A reasonable person would not participate in the Israel/Palestinian dispute, or Ireland's catholic/protestant conflict, or Ethiopia's fight between Moslem Eritrea/ Christians, or Malaysia's Christianity, India's Hinduism/Islam battle, USA's Moslems versus Jews/Christians, or the Balkan's struggle of Orthodox Christians of Serbia/Moslems of Kosovo. Need I list more? There are many conflicts that kill, maim, destroy and plunder in the name of some fictitious human-created entity.
Education frees humans and, indeed, the Earth of unnecessary bloodshed. Religion presents a ignorant reason to kill. Learn how to assert one's own point of view even as one listens to what others have to say. Learn how to negotiate, compromise, find common ground, and how to resolve those issues that cannot be compromised.
USA, held hostage by religious irrational fanatics, yields no justice. To achieve justice, and then peace, requires intelligent thinking and responsible action.
Thanks for the video, Joan.