Asides from the promotion of ignorance, the embrace of intolerance, the perpetuation of fantasy, the encouragement of external reliance, the insistence of basing thought on dogma rather than fact, abetting belief in ghosts, gremlins and ghouls, the blatant demotion of women and its continued history of anti-progressive thinking are just a few things I have against Christianity.

I am anti-religion because of nearly everything it stands for and everyone or everything it stands with. It is far past time for its burial as it has outlived its usefulness.

Psychiatry of the religious persuasion may still offer misguided solace nearing medical malpractice. In reality, today’s psychiatrists and psychologists approach exhaustion trying to undo the mental chaos inflicted by religion and the desire for feel-good answers rather than the truth.

Sadly, when it comes to religion the country has a hands-off approach despite religion's demonstrated toxicity in the United States alone where it helped promote slavery, the slaughter of Native Americans with the idea of Manifest Destiny and its intolerable stances on female rights and homosexuality.

A look at statistics gathered by the Christian church shows religion's inability to alter human behavior. This is hardly news, but some prominent religious researchers seem surprised. Perhaps, their dismay comes because Christian adherents lie at the root of American problems. Simple math would reveal that in a country claiming 70%+ Christianity, that group would also be overrepresented in almost any activity, except immoral and illegal behavior, but that isn’t the case. The exact opposite is true.

Over 90% of American prisoners are Christians and based on demographics, that should be no surprise. Does that mean Christians have more felonious behavior? Of course not, such a conclusion is ridiculous. That 90% of prisoners at the very least shows religion’s failure to change primary behavior in any significant way but an unspoken correlation exists and it is one few religionists care to speak of and that is the low level of faith commitments. No one speaks of it but religion is little more than a ritualized social event. Most Americans claiming Christianity are little more than club members that don't even pay their dues. The fact is, fewer than 6% of Christians tithe and that was the story long before the current research began on the topic.

When is the last time God did anything of significance in this world? I've been here more than 50 years and I haven't seen a single thing and there have been plenty of opportunities like the Indian Ocean tsunami, hurricane Katrina, the World Trade Center terrorist attack and more but he hasn't been there even to accept the regular stream of undeserved accolades people insist on throwing his way despite his habitual absence and pitiful record of achievement. Interestingly, no one minds giving credit for their hard work to a being without enough courtesy to show up every century or so.

People who speak with God should consider talking with a psychiatrist because that is normal procedure when suffering aural hallucinations. I've been sick of religion countless years for no reason other than it offends my sensibilities in that it is irrational and shy to serious examination by even a child. It is the willful and knowing imposition of religion on the young that irritates most. It is the moral equivalent of brain-washing in the most literal sense.

Years ago in the midst of a heated argument, a woman shouted at me, "You're so damn rational!" At the time the comment only made the situation worse as I proved I could be just as irrational as the next person. Later I came to view the snide remark as an unintended compliment. I am a rational thinker and demonstrated the trait early in life but it never dawned on me that accounted for how I learned.

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Comment by Donald R Barbera on August 18, 2017 at 9:41pm
Grinning Cat-- Exactly! If you look at the figures for Chris tianity in this country, which is now around 77%, it would nearly impossible for the number to be otherwise. No matter if it's lying, cheating or stealing the most numerous group will always be over represented.
Comment by Grinning Cat on August 18, 2017 at 4:48pm

Donald, on limbs or eyes growing back, Marshall Brain (founder of HowStuffWorks, and author of How "God" Works) has an entire website "Why Won't God Heal Amputees?"

Loren, on "God's power", this cartoon continues the theme:

As for the prevalence of declared Christians (and other religious believers) in prison, it's indeed significantly higher than in the outside population -- but that's comparing apples and orangutans: there are powerful factors that prompt inmates to declare a religion regardless of their actual beliefs. One of our members, with 15 years' experience as a correctional officer, explained: "Statistics show that there are far fewer atheist in prison than theist, True, but totally wrong!"

He wrote: "I can only recall about six offenders that were known to be actually religious. I never heard one religious conversation in 15 years. This may be due to the fact that the offenders only chose their religion according to gang affiliation and thus were not comfortable speaking of their actual religious beliefs."

Comment by Keith G. on August 18, 2017 at 4:16pm

Love your comments......Right on the money.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on August 16, 2017 at 8:20pm
Sharon, it is quite tiring to hear God thanked for things that a rational and logical person would find humorous. You hear and see it all the time. You've seen the person that loses an extremity say they still have one good leg or arm, thank God. Or, lose an eye and say they still have a good one, thank God. I will start giving thanks to God when I see him grow back a limb or an eye. Hell, even my hair. LOL
Comment by Sharon Fox Nichols on August 16, 2017 at 7:46pm

Excellent post.  I share your lament.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on August 15, 2017 at 2:11pm

Loren: When I think about the 20 children who die annually from curable diseases while their parents prayed for them, anointed them and cast out demons. They don't get it and child pays for it. For an omniscient being this god character never seems to know what is going on. Personally, I think after he created the world and took a cigarette break and saw how tough a jobs it was and disappeared. Still, he gets holy thanks for stuff he had nothing to do with. Agh!

Comment by Loren Miller on August 15, 2017 at 10:15am

When is the last time God did anything of significance in this world?

Well...

As it comes to his alleged efficacy, it seems to have taken a hit over the centuries!

And yeah, you ARE rational.  You think in real-world terms and the allure of the irrationality of religion has become anathema to you, I suspect because you have learned with time that nothing of religion works with any remote kind of reliability.  The problem with being rational is that the rose-colored glasses are HISTORY.  You face situations, good or bad, recognize them for what they are, and deal with them with whatever tools and means you have at your disposal.  Wishful thinking need not apply, PERIOD.  These days, not everyone has the fortitude to be able to do that, and weening them of such thinking ... now, there's a job.

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