I figure that it is important to bring to light the motivations and justifications of several of the horrendous acts of terrorism. What was their justification for the attacks on 9/11? It was through religion. And how can you blame them when a book that talks about murdering, hurting, or otherwise condemning the non-believer every 11.88 verses or so. Yes, in the Quran, nearly every single page contains hatred and violence toward the non-believer. Muslims who deny this obviously haven’t read the Quran. But also, many who have, simply ignore this fact. There are many millions of good people who are Muslim. But, the problem with this is that is supports the indoctrination of extreme belief and hatred. Moreover, Islam is not alone in this.
Christianity is another religion full of hate. Think of the Crusades, or the Inquisition. Some might point out that those happened a long time ago so we shouldn’t take that into consideration. But that is not true, it is nothing more than a scape-goat. How did the Oslo terrorist justify his action? He did so through Christianity. Or what about the extensive child abuse and molestation that the Catholic Church tries to cover up?
Christianity is also behind the movements to slow the progress of science. Many Christians commonly promote the failed idea (yes, it shouldn’t be considered anything more than an idea, and a stupid one at that) of Intelligent Design. They file lawsuits, they get their friends on the school-board and other tricks to try and get religion in the classroom. Not only that, but they are taking over many political positions. Look at any of the candidates for the Republican nomination for president. You have the current front-runner, Rick Perry, who is so anti-science that he even admitted that even though 98% of scientists support man-influenced global warming, he still says that they aren’t settled. He obviously doesn’t believe in evolution either.
Christianity is the main reason for people being against abortion as well as stem-cell research.
Of course other religions are also bad for society as many impede people’s lives in countless ways. From those who decide to pray instead of taking action to those who donate their money to build another church rather than a school or a hospital.
When mass violence occurs, religion is often the culprit.
EDIT: I have noticed a great deal of people saying “In God We Trust” or “God Bless America” today. In response to that, I ask, why would you think that saying God bless America would do anything if God didn’t do anything in the first place to protect us? Why would he care now? The answer is, of course, He doesn’t and He can’t and this is because He does not exist. Furthermore, this implies that our country was founded on religious principles. It was not. In fact, in 1797, The Treaty of Tripoli says, “As the government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian Religion, . . .” Now this treaty went through the Washington White House and then to the John Adam’s White House where it was ratified. So, Christians, you really should stop referring to America as a religious or Christian nation. And for that matter, saying God Bless America at sporting events and requiring everyone to stand. But more on that in a future post.
Oh and for those of you wondering why we have the phrase, “In God We Trust” on our currency, it is because of the increase in religiosity due to McCarthyism and the Red Scare. And this addition during the 1950s is a result of this unfortunate era.
An excellent article about the quote above from the Treaty of Tripoli by Stephen J. Gould. :http://www.stephenjaygould.org/ctrl/buckner_tripoli.html