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31 July, 2012

Why I Strongly Dislike Religion

Despite the fact that there are innumerable evils that religion perpetrates and condones every day throughout the world, religious people will still excuse those by saying that the average, moderate religious person just uses it for morality, community and self-assurance. They say that a moderate believer does no harm by simply believing and going to a church and being a good person.

On the surface, that seems like a hard thing to argue against, but scratch a little deeper and you come to the most insidious aspect of religion, the principle that makes it possible for religious people to move from moderate believer to dangerous zealot: religion allows and even encourages people to accept things as fact without any evidence whatsoever.

Recently,I came across a quote by Sam Harris that perfectly describes my feelings. "...this to me is the true horror of religion. It allows perfectly decent and sane people to believe by the billions, what only lunatics could believe on their own."

Well said, Sam Harris.

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