I would like to have your opinion about the discussion below. Our organization is quite young and we don’t have enough legal nor technical knowledge in this area. Meanwhile we are conscious that it is a huge endeavor to be carried out without international support and collaboration.
We at LP are wondering why today’s religions are seen as something with a superior status than the beliefs classified as mythology. Are they so different? Why even non-religious people use to accept the Abrahamic god and its hundred Catholic saints as something real, while other mythological divinities are considered legends? This distinction gives advantages to theists which nobody else has. They have fiscal advantages, financial subsides, a special status and protection which, we believe, is not compatible with democracy.
We think it is fair the fact that before launching a medication in the market, a pharmaceutical company must test it for several years and spend a lot of money in research. They must prove its efficacy and make exhaustive tests to well know its side-effects. They are complained by law to advise people about it and publish the test results as well as its composition in its notice, in order to avoid issues as for instance, making money with something inherent or putting people life in danger by drinking toxic chemicals. Moreover, when a medication causes damages to people health it is quickly recalled from the market and the company is complained to respond in court. So, why religion can freely make money in name of Jesus and disseminates the Biblical scriptures -which are clearly against the Human Rights principles- as being the right moral path to follow, without being complained to justify, supported by evidences, its efficacy or point out their “side effects”?
Why churches are allowed to convince fragile, illiterate and suffering people and children to follow such a moral guide, without being complained to prove that it is real and not an old-fashioned fantasy? If we compare the damage caused by medication with the ones caused by religion beliefs along of the history, we quickly realize how worst is religion. We think that we should advocate for reviewing these privileges and advise people and decision makers about this antidemocratic nonsense. I completely respect the right of everyone to believe or follow a certain belief or religion. Everybody must be free for believe in whatever he or she wants. What I am suggesting is to advise people about the lack of scientific evidences of a certain belief. Negationist and racist speeches are no longer under the freedom of speech’s shield because there are evidences which points out their danger. I really hope that the same thing will happen to religion. We have to collect facts to support our arguments.
As a first step we would like to invite everybody to replace the term “religion” by “mythology”. We believe that if in a few years the common sense makes people see these religions just like they see the Greek mythology, we will see a huge improvement in life quality around the world. We don’t know about damages caused by the followers of Thor or Zeus. When I am in a discussion against a theist I use as much as possible the term mythology instead of religion because I want to make it sound natural to people. We should change this status in the collective unconscious.
The second point, which can be carried out in parallel, is to advocate for the democratic rights -that everyone should deserve in a democracy- of being officially informed if the beliefs in which they believe are supported by evidences or not. They should be informed about the lack of scientific evidence for miracles, or for the power of pray or even for the historical authenticity of some Biblical personages like Moses, Abraham or even Jesus.
I hope that someday someone will bring a church or a priest in justice clamming against false miracles or a promise which was not accomplished. You must see what evangelical churches are doing in Brazil to steal people money. Things such as diplomas signed by Jesus Christ, pre-dated tenth checks which will be discounted every month. They are even sending their believers in justice when they don’t pay the monthly tenth.
We don’t want mitigate people freedom of speech or the right of everyone to believe in whatever he or she wants. We are not asking to anybody to cut off anything from the holy texts. What we want is to guarantee everybody’s right to the transparence and truth, maybe the most important pillar in a true democracy. Why we protect children from alcohol and drugs but not from construct their moral values based in misogyny, racism, xenophobia, intolerance, and homophobia? I can give as an example the law to protect people health from the tobacco industry. The cigarettes are still the same, but there are strong warnings in the package and campaigns in TV.
Please forgive my English. I am not a native English speaker. You can trust me; I do it really better in Portuguese.
I look forward to hearing from you and in the meantime; should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me,
LP - Vice-President.