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Christianity &Islam &Judaism &Rationals Thomas on 02 Oct 2010 12:59 am

The reason why atheists and all other rational people care about religion

The article starts with a simple question: “If someone wants to believe in something completely ridiculous such as religion, why should atheists care?”

Atheism 101: Why do atheists care about religion?

The answer is simple:

As a point of fact, religions are dangerous. People use religion to justify the most absurdly cruel acts and attitudes. Few will argue that religion was the principle motivator for the 911 attacks.

And 9/11 is just the tip of the iceberg.

If people just believed ridiculous mythologies and didn’t act on those beliefs, atheists wouldn’t have a problem and probably wouldn’t spend any amount of time refuting the ridiculous ideas of religion. If I run into a crazy person telling me that Elvis is still alive or that Martians inserted an anal probe in his or her butt, I don’t sit down with the person and go over the logical problems with his or her beliefs. But then again, these people aren’t out there making laws based on their beliefs either. Nor is there a significant voter block trying to push politicians for more Elvis based laws. These Elvis believers aren’t stealing tax payer money in the form of tax-exempt statuses or trying to define marriage as having to be preformed by Elvis impersonators.

Religion produces vile behavior. Then the religious want their behaviors turned into laws that affect everyone.

10 Responses to “The reason why atheists and all other rational people care about religion”

  1. on 05 Oct 2010 at 2:56 am 1.Anonymous said …

    I was doing some research when I came across this website. What I’m about to say some will probably disagree with, but I’m doing it anyway. 9/11 was more a result of the fact that terrorists hate America and our security and laws are a joke. It didn’t have much to do with religion at all. If we had good border security, the terrorists never would have made it into our borders. Our whole system is broken, from our local sheriff to the man who gets to sit in the hotseat in the whitehouse. Like John F. Kennedy has once stated, “We are one nation under God. Without God, we are a nation gone under.” We’re reaching, if we’re not already at that point. For a better understanding about why there is human suffering and a lot of other ‘problems’, go to doesgodexist.com and read all of the content from beginning to end, but especially the pages under the title “The Problem of Human Suffering.” Alot of questions will be answered. This website is a scientific way to look at how things came to be and why they are that way.
    As far as religion goes, I’m a Catholic and I will speak for all the other people out there too; everybody in this country has the freedom to express their religious beliefs. But if you don’t agree with it, fine. Believe it or not, satanism and atheism are also considered religions. As far as trying to force our religion onto other people; that’s not what we do. You are free to have your own beliefs, but when it comes to expressing ours, we have just as much right as you do. We try to bring people out of the darkness into the light. We should have just as much right having a nativity scene in our yard as non-believers should have of making a court case out of it.

  2. on 05 Oct 2010 at 7:16 am 2.Severin said …

    1 Anonymous
    “But if you don’t agree with it, fine. Believe it or not, satanism and atheism are also considered religions.”

    You should offer some explanations to such a claim!

    Please tell us how NOT believeing in god, or in anything supernatural (oposite to BELIEVING in satan, god,…), can be considered religion?

    Please see explanations for “believing”, “religion” and for “atheism” in some relevant papers (dicitonaries).

    Atheists DO NOT BELIEVE! They CAN NOT be religious by definition.

  3. on 05 Oct 2010 at 7:28 am 3.Severin said …

    1 Anonymous
    „As far as trying to force our religion onto other people; THAT’S NOT WHAT WE DO (my bold). You are free to have your own beliefs, but when it comes to expressing ours, we have just as much right as you do.“

    You (catholics), and ALL other religions DO it today too, by all means available: propaganda, literature, churches, …
    Some religions are still doing it by brutal force, EXACTLY the same way catholicism did it some time ago.
    WHAT would happen to you a few centuries ago if you came to public to say that Mary was not a virgin, or that Allah was the right god?
    Or that sun was the center of our solar system?

    You would be tortured and killed!

    BTW, my parents, their parents, and their parents, and their parents…etc…were catholics.

  4. on 06 Oct 2010 at 10:30 pm 4.Jynx Evermore said …

    Anonymous said:

    “9/11 was more a result of the fact that terrorists hate America and our security and laws are a joke.”

    You are correct to say that 9/11 was successfully carried out because of our lack of security in certain areas, but to claim it didn’t have much to do with religion at all is, quite honestly, naive.

    Do you really think the hijackers would have been willing to go on a literal suicide mission without a belief in an afterlife filled with rewards for their actions?

    Anonymous continues:

    “Believe it or not, satanism and atheism are also considered religions.”

    Satanism (depending on which form you mean) is certianly a religion. Atheism is only considered a “religion or worldview” by the Supreme Court for the purposes of supplying those who are atheists First Amendment protections.

    Atheism is not a religion.

    Anonymous continues:

    “We should have just as much right having a nativity scene in our yard as non-believers should have of making a court case out of it.”

    I don’t know of any atheists attempting to make a court case out of religious displays on private property. You are more than welcome to put whatever display you like in your yard.

    It is PUBLIC land many of us have a problem with when used for religious displays.

  5. on 06 Oct 2010 at 11:29 pm 5.Observer said …

    9/11 goes back to our decidedly non-founding fathers approach to foreign affairs ( ally with none, trade with all ). Despite the propaganda, our foreign entanglements are designed for the benefit of US corporations who enrich themselves not only on our backs, but on the backs of other countries as well. Our disastrously misguided approach to Israel creates a readily identifiable ongoing injustice and archetype of unfair behavior which makes us an easy target. Propping-up dictators accomplishes a similar result.

    There is no wonder in any informed mind the United States is hated. Nonetheless, it takes religion to create psychopaths to pilot civilian aircraft into the buildings or detonate suicide vests. On the other hand, if you were in the West Bank or Gaza, who can say who would or would not become a suicide bomber; Ehud Barak as said he can’t blame them.

  6. on 07 Oct 2010 at 2:11 am 6.Ben said …

    “Atheism is only considered a “religion or worldview” by the Supreme Court for the purposes of supplying those who are atheists First Amendment protections.”

    Religion is nothing more than a worldview. Atheism is a religion. If not give up your POTUS protection.

  7. on 07 Oct 2010 at 7:04 am 7.3D said …

    6.Ben said …

    “Atheism is only considered a “religion or worldview” by the Supreme Court for the purposes of supplying those who are atheists First Amendment protections.”
    Religion is nothing more than a worldview.

    Oh dear. Your youth pastor is feeding you false information again, it looks like.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion
    “Religion is the belief in and worship of a god or gods, or a set of beliefs concerning the origin and purpose of the universe.”

    So, (1) religion is a lot more than a worldview. It is a very specific worldview. And (2), atheism does not concern itself with the origin and purpose of the universe. It is just the lack of belief in God.

    Of course, many theists’ minds are so jumbled up and disordered that they can’t tell a Socialist from a corporatist from an abortionist from an atheist, so they think all of them are one big entity working together conspiratorially to fight the War on Jesus. That’s probably why you can’t tell atheists apart from religious people, either.

  8. on 07 Oct 2010 at 12:19 pm 8.Horatio said …

    “And (2), atheism does not concern itself with the origin and purpose of the universe.”

    3D, let momma burp you before uttering such gaseous comments! Atheist are obsessed with the origins of the universe. Please! You guys have your priests and your dogma not to mention your propaganda on buses no less and even evangelist. Yep, you got it all. Don’t hand us the BS. The SCOTUS has decided. Live with it my brother!

  9. on 07 Oct 2010 at 12:20 pm 9.Horatio said …

    Oh dear, I did not even get to ridicule your wiki link. No wonder you are so confused. Try a SCOTUS link and get the facts.

  10. on 29 Nov 2010 at 9:47 pm 10.MYSELF said …

    One big thing to state (and I hope anyone that reads this will forgive me if I’m sounding pretentious here)religion is dangerous (as anything is) when it is taken too far. Alcohol can be good for you in small amounts but going overbored can kill you. Extremism is what is truly dangerous about religions. Of course human beings are given to mass hysteria and within a crowd there is a strange charm that chanting can have.

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