“Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you’d have good people doing good things and evil people doing bad things, but for good people to do bad things, it takes religion.” ~ Steven Weinberg,
“Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions.” – Blaise Pascal
In all honesty I am not anti-religion in the sense I that I hate religion. I actually enjoy the music, the fellowship, the comrardy, and the tradition. There is a feeling of hope, community, and love that I miss about the religious community and going to church. Which is something the atheist community flat out does not have. And can’t compete with.
And for the most part moderate main stream religion is not that bad. One atheist writer Chris Steadman, described it as a place of comfort during his time in High School when he was working through his sexuality .In fact as I have mentioned in a previous post a co-worker described it as saving his son’s life. Religion is not always bad, but when it is; –it’s atrocious.
But above all things, religion has been the biggest proponent in people committing evil acts and moral atrocities. It is unparelled in religion that a person could justify killing a person and not feel an ounce of remores. One Mistiaen Priest didn’t even know enslaving women was wrong, because his religion told him it was okay. Without religion we would have never had the Salem Witch Trials, the Crusades, Jihad, or Religious Wars. In the middle east, religion is the number one obstacle to ending child marriages. It is without comparison that a person feels the most justified in committing evil and acts of de-humanism as when they do for their religion.