Religion damages society, the chronicle of atheist Håvard Pedersen
Why should we tolerate women’s oppression, discrimination and alternative facts as long as it is disguised as religion?
The leader of the Christian People’s Party, Knut Arild Hareide, is concerned. He is worried about the newly expanded government’s value creation, and calls the new government platform for “extreme secular”. Contrary to Hareide, I think religion has no place in politics, or society in general.
“If you think I’m going to burn in hell, I think you should be opposed.”
At the beginning of the 2000s a movement called nyateism occurred. The movement is based on an idea that religion should not be tolerated, but instead, it is combated and criticized with rational arguments. Not through attacks on religious people, but on religion itself and the content of it. The term is often used as a clue of atheists who are perceived as excessive missionaries, or too offensive to the beliefs of others. It is also what separates them from other atheists.
I even identify myself as a newcomer. I sincerely mean that religion as a concept is harmful to society. Here you will hear why:
Most religions proclaim that unbelief should be sent to hell on the day of judgment. With such an active condemnation, I have difficulty seeing how to claim self-exempt from condemnation. If you think I’m going to burn in hell, I think you should be opposed. Your children get what you think about me and my children get what you think about me. Such attitudes are not healthy.
“I sincerely mean that religion as a concept is harmful to society.”
People’s need for group affiliation is not a mechanism to shake off. This is what forms nations, holds soccer teams all over the world, gives us identity policies and keeps the technology war between iPhone and Android trailers. Religion plays the same strings to give the feeling that those who belong to religion are the ones chosen, while the rest are outsiders. This is a direct obstacle to humanity being able to work effectively together. For how can you feel fellowship with others when your god tells you that they are less worthwhile?
Most people understand that a constructed and thousands of years old model of the world will be contradicted by science. It is not natural for religions. When they encounter resistance, they respond in the same way every time – with fighting.
“How can you feel fellowship with others when your God tells you that they are less worthwhile?”
One thing is how many scientists who have been hunted, imprisoned and in many cases killed because of their allegations. But how many potential scientists has the world missed because one has learned not to question God’s will? How many hundred years has science been held back in total? I am pretty sure that today there is still a large proportion of people who grow up in the belief that quantum mechanics, evolution and even elementary astronomy are trivial or just theories.
This component should strictly not require a thorough explanation. Still, books that say that all you need to do after raping a girl is considered to pay her father a handful of silver coins for saints.
“There is hardly a religion that does not say that women and men have different values.”
In humanity, the very essence is that every human being is responsible for his own actions. Religion teaches us the opposite: God has predetermined all that happens, evil actions are due in many cases to evil demons, and forgiveness is a matter between you and your god. Studies have been conducted showing that atheists are underrepresented in prisons. Think about the next time someone denies religious morality as high-value – there are more religious than non-religious in jail. .
Ethics and morals are in human nature. Therefore morality is largely common to all cultures of the world, even those who do not have religion as a common denominator. But basing their world’s understanding of fables obviously does something about your innate compass, compared to atheists.
Yes, it is a memento going on in most religions and you literally interpret fewer and fewer religious writings. But what does people do to read these evil attitudes in their holy books, even if they do not live by them? Is not it like saying that you think Jewish jokes are okay to push as long as you do not really stand for the message?
It affects us to have this inheritance in our society. That’s why I’m a New Yorkian. Because I want humanity to get the best possible conditions, and I’m pretty sure it does not have religion as a significant factor.