The Message 02/09/2011
Should religion mean that much to an Atheist? I won't be the judge for all Atheists, because I know like everything else, there is diversity among the Atheist community. To some they really couldn't care less about religion, as long as you keep it out of their faces and don't press too much. Some don't like it to an extent but still believe it has its pros and cons. But to some, such as I, don't see any pros in religion. ANY. I hold religion responsible for most if not all of human catastrophe. I have a lot of disdain for religion. Religion is responsible for a lot of bigotry, a lot of oppression and most if not all of past and modern day wars.

Should others including myself, be so harsh? Well, you have to take a close look, and most of the time investigate and reference quite a bit to get to the original reasons why things in history have happened. Let's take WWII for example, just off the top of peoples heads, they might say "Yeah Hitler, killed millions of Jews, what does that have to do with religion, besides the slaughtered being Jews?" Well even this leads back to dogma. In my opinion this can be considered a "religious" war. Hitler came to power on the back of the message, straight from Martin Luther. The Catholic Church consistently backed the Nazis and even funded the party, and up until the 70's and 80's still preached the anti-Semitic rhetoric. Hitler himself referred to God many, many times, in speeches, in "Mein Kempf", you could call him and the Nazis as a whole, religious fanatics. This is just a small example on a grand scale of things, of how religion can shackle and debilitate our minds.

Does religion need to exist? My answer is a simple one; no. I do not see any benefits I can receive from believing in something that cannot be scientifically proven. I don't see how anyone can receive any healthy benefits from religion, of any kind. A false sense of protection and hope is not very good reasoning in my opinion. You wouldn't take someones word on 'faith', most of the time, so why take the word of thousand year old primitives? Why take the word of someone deemed 'Pope', or 'Reverend'? Why do these people seem to think they are more qualified in the 'seeing more', 'hearing more', and 'understanding' department than the rest of us? Religion does not need to exist for us to be a prospering society. Morals would not decline, people would not go out and rape and kill each other. This logic comes straight from the religious. To plant the seed of fear in people, to make them think that without religion, there would be 'pure evil'. But let me stop for a moment and ask this, Why would you want to look at humankind with this much shallowness? With this much inconsideration and all in all a pretty awful outlook on life in general? I mean, its pretty low to go and say "Without knowing God, you will be lost". Which Atheists get pretty much all the time. "How are we lost?" and "How would the world just crumble, if religion just ceased to exist?" The beautiful Twin Tower in N.Y. would still be standing, thousands of children within the Catholic Church would not have had their innocence taken by pedophile priests, we would not have to read about suicide bombings everyday, the thousands that were burned at The Witch Trials would not have been burned alive, and we might have had one of those people go on to do something really great, like an Einstein, or a Marie Curie, same thing goes for all the wars, the Inquisitions, etc. It's a shame to sit and wonder 'What could have been".

To sum it up religion is bad, no matter how you look at it. I must admit, early on in my Atheism I did say things like "As long as you don't preach at me, or shove God down my throat I'm fine", but once you actually start reading and doing research you will see that God and religion goes further than anyone could imagine. And my stance went from the one mentioned to "Imagine no religion". I know its hard to fathom at first, but once you do your own reading and studies, if you haven't already, you'll see what I mean.

People are welcome to their own beliefs, that is what makes this country so great. If religion makes you feel good, than great. But in my opinion, anything that says "the questions stop here" is not worthy of my time. To understand any subject we must use common reasoning, logic & rationality. We cannot simply just close our minds when It comes to God. We cannot say "Well God did it", because YES this is too easy of an answer. It is a lazy, simple persons answer to very complex subjects. You cannot just read a book written thousands of years ago, that has no scientific quality to it and say it does. Calling the bible, or any 'holy book' for that matter science, is the equivalent of saying Dr. Seuesses Green Eggs & Ham is a quality cook book. You can't claim that it is history either. I have been in debates with many believers as well, and you cannot pick and choose what is meant to be taken literally and what is meant to be taken metaphorically. But like I said in the beginning sentence of this paragraph, you are welcome to your own beliefs and our welcome to come at me with them, but do not get snobbish when I start pulling out Facts, and questions you cannot answer without using a circle argument.

The point of this is to reach to the believers, and I hope I haven't made you sway away from here with some of my previous comments. My message is simple; Questioning an authority is not a sin. I know sometimes religious freedom at first can be quite frightening, so people a lot of the time forge their own cages, and religion is one of the forgers. To keep you shackled to a lie for a lie, for power. I just hope that one day you can 'open' your eyes, before its too late.



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