Monday, June 04, 2012

An image to explain why we fight against religion

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I usually stop blogging after posting the evening’s Daily Blend, but this merits an exception. To keep in store for whenever someone asks why you (or atheists in general) care so much about religions they don’t belong to, or why we seem so “angry” all the time (huge image below the fold):

“WHEN PEOPLE ASK WHY I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH RELIGION, IT’S HARD TO COME UP WITH A SINGLE ANSWER…” (hundreds of examples of religiously inspired injustice, oppression and violence)

Now, let’s hear it again how religion is a force for good in the world?

Of course, it’s always important to note that religion isn’t necessarily the root cause of these injustices, nor of the abundance of vices inherent to the human condition. Good people will do good things regardless of what form of supernatural guff they believe in, and merely stripping bad people of religious doctrine is hardly enough to fill them with compassion and decency. But it cannot be denied that organized faith does have a curious propensity for playing the catalyst for some of the most heinous acts imaginable.

The old saying that it takes religion to make good people do bad things is more facile than truth, but it certainly comes from somewhere.

(via Rob F)