ok, this is something that CONSTANTLY comes up in my debates, so I'd like to ask you all to help me compile a list of reasons why religion is bad and the world should be more secular.
here are a few of the ideas that I currently use:
-Religion promotes groupthink, which is a chain on the ankle of progress and doesn't accurately or effectively solve problems, but rather stifles critical thinking and new hypotheses. The Church wants you to be who they want you to be and what their book wants you to be. Rationalism provides you with the personal environment to discover who you are and what you can do. (**the book, "The Ghost Map," that tells the story of cholera epidemic in Europe and how, for the first time, the illness was tracked to a specific well. This is when we first discovered what a GERM was and that it caused illness. All the people of that time believed that illness was divine retribution--if you got sick you must be bad and so deserve it.This was only 150 years ago! Again, science debunked religion but no one changed their beliefs in accordance
)(The historical rejection of the heliocentric and round earth theories in favor of the geocentric and flat earth theories **history articles/citations anyone??**)
-Religion is backwards because it seeks to aggressively make old knowledge fit with new knowledge rather than letting new knowledge shape and edit old knowledge
-Religion spreads lies to promote it's ideals (the Pope and Condoms *citation here
-Religion envokes conflicts that can not be solved with religion because all are following unprovable positions that rely in faith rather than evidence. (ex:Southern Poverty Law Center monitors the 926 Christian hate groups in US. No atheist hate groups.)
-Prayer simply doesn't work. People essentially cause all these problems for the placebo effect (**Sir Francis Galton's debunking of prayer. Medical community will not support efficacy of prayer. Christians get sick and die at same rate as non-believers. Missionary ships suffered same bad fates as godless slave traders.)
-People can pick and choose what best suits their ideas from their holy book and use it as proof rather than critically evaluating their position. religion can be used to 'exempt' any behavior they want to exempt. "killing is okay if it is in "their" gods name" as is war, preying on the poor, mind control over matter.
(any good examples??)
-there's a concept referred to as "crocodile mentality;" this is when a person prefers to lay around and soak up the sun, so to speak. religion is easy; it requires one to simply bask in what is told to them...a freethinker, on the other hand, prefers to take a swim in an invigorating environment; thereby encountering what others are too lazy to explore. our world would truly thrive if there was an affinity for exploring rather than settling.
-The popular churches use guilt in addition to fear as a structure. Other religions have come and gone that didn't use guilt. This is a powerful tool to the church. People keep coming back torelinquish their guilt. Telling you that you are a bad person, born with sin and only a life with
God can keep you clean. Church doesnt teach proper ways to live. It teaches you subconciensly that you can pretty muchdo anything as long as you apologize and ask for forgiveness afterward. It doesnt teach love foryourself which is very important for a loving society. It teaches that we are bad a "wretch" as the song Amazing Grace says. We are not all bad people, it should be teaching how to loveourselves, that we are good people, that we should respect other people because we are not born with evil in our hearts. Just as Alcoholics Anonimous has a very low success rate for telling them that they are alcoholics. They always will be. These people accept it as fact, it is burned into their brain. How can they ever get better and overcome their "bad" ways if this very powerful organization whom many people believe in tells them that they are forever bad? They are NOT forever bad, they can overcome their bad ways, they can be a good addition to society if this organization would only tell them that they are not bad people and not that the only way to be forgiven is to come to our organization.
I know that there must be more. Could everybody pitch in and give me new reasons and also perhaps give me good articles/xamples to back up what I already have or what you will propose? I'll update it as suggestions come in and bold them.
Thanks! I'm sure that this pooling of info can help everyone if they bookmark it and keep adding to it.