Two or three times a week, via email or forum posts or comments, a religious person asks, “what do atheists have against religion?” or “why do atheists waste time speaking out against religion?” Four articles on the same day are all arguing against religion, because it appears that religion leads to insanity is some fraction of its members. That insanity affects everyone in remarkably negative ways.
The article opens with a litany of bizarre beliefs held by a sizable fraction of college-bound Muslims in Britain:
A startlingly large proportion of young British Muslims hold what to most of us are outrageous and unacceptable views â€“ views that they consider to be Muslim truths.
Four out of 10 Muslim students in Britain support the introduction of sharia into UK law for Muslims, according to a YouGov poll. Almost a third of them said that killing in the name of religion was justified; 40% said they felt it was unacceptable for Muslim men and women to associate freely; and nearly a quarter do not think that men and women are equal in the eyes of Allah.
A quarter of Muslim students said they had little or no respect for homosexuals. As for whether British Muslim servicemen should be allowed to opt out of hostilities with Muslim countries, 57% said they should and a further 25% said they were not sure.
More than half of the Muslim students were in favour of an Islamic political party to support their views in parliament. A third donâ€™t think or donâ€™t know whether Islam is compatible with the western notion of democracy, and a third said they were in favour of a worldwide Islamic caliphate based on sharia.
Note that these are the opinions of people attending “the best universities and higher education colleges”. Almost a third of them said that “killing in the name of religion was justified.” That alone should give everyone pause. If there were a gang where one third of the members advocated murder, what would we do? Why do we treat relision any differently?
From the article:
The asymmetry is stark. Secularists say, “believe whatever nonsense you want, but keep it to yourself and act responsibly”. The [religious] say, “believe what we want you to believe and act as we say”. The psychopaths among them say, “believe what we want you to believe and act as we say or we will kill you”.
The title says it all, and the problem is that the stupidity of Creationism drags us all down by slowing science.
It contains this charming quote:
â€œYou Jews should be aware: You will never, but never have peace with Hamas. Islam, as the ideology that guides them, will not allow them to achieve a peace agreement with the Jews. They believe that tradition says that the Prophet Mohammed fought against the Jews and that therefore they must continue to fight them to the death.â€
Is that the justification for the suicide attacks?
â€œMore than that. An entire society sanctifies death and the suicide terrorists. In Palestinian culture a suicide terrorist becomes a hero, a martyr. Sheikhs tell their students about the â€˜heroism of the shaheeds.â€™â€œ
This is why atheists spend time and energy speaking out against religion. Religion hurts everyone. It seems like it is time to admit the obvious – that believing in and speaking to imaginary beings is a form of mental illness, and this illness can lead to extreme behaviors that damage society as a whole. These articles offer plenty of evidence demonstrating the problem.