I do not understand those who take little or no interest in the subject of religion. If religion embodies a truth, it is certainly the most important truth of human existence. If it is largely error, then it is one of monumentally tragic proportions - and should be vigorously opposed. -- Steve Allen


Keep looking and you'll find things you have to ignore to accept a religion.

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Webster defines religion as:

Yes, I looked it up in the dictionary to see if what I'm talking about is what religion is. Actually, I found that it is. However, here is a description of the religions I see around me that distress me to the point that I write this.

There have been plenty of people throughout history who believed in a God or gods. There still are many. I do not hold this as evidence that God(s) exist. In fact an argument can be made that, if there is no God and we just evolved, we would be likely to believe in one anyway. Here it is.

Setting what people believe aside and considering the evidence, it is highly probable that one way or another we are on our own. Here's why. Religion, then, comes from people. It is either something they mistakenly believe, desire to believe, or want others to believe. My guess is, it's mostly the last of those three.

Take a look at the effects religions have had on the world and people. Religions have started wars, killed people, told people to kill others and themselves, tortured and killed animals, supported tyranny and slavery, oppressed women, persecuted minorities, interfered with scientific progress, encouraged overpopulation, discouraged environmental responsibility, extorted money and property, taught guilt, shame, and self hatred.

Other people have a lot to say about this. Here's what some of our great leaders and thinkers say. See Free Inquiry for more.

If you wonder why I bother to say all this, here's why.

Is abortion murder? Here's how we know.

Are there still any religions that include human sacrifice? Here are a couple examples.

After all this serious talk, can you lighten up a little? Let's try.

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