I wonder how many reading this would agree that religion is evil. Yes, I said that. It doesn’t matter which religion it is but those countries that have majorities in one or another always seem to be exposed for what they are. It’s not love and peace, more obey what we say or else. There are still Christian countries that have laws against blasphemy. In Muslim countries, it’s actually illegal to renounce Islam – that person may be jailed, even killed.
I always wonder, after something has been exposed, like the pedophile priests in Pennsylvania. It was a huge story for what? Two weeks? How much has anyone heard about it since, or the other states that have launched investigations? Not much if anything at all. Why doesn’t the local news carry stories about protestant pastors that have been arrested for the same abuses? We may see something, but generally anything to do with religious belief doesn’t seem to cause much outrage.
These are just child abuse allegations and no one knows what any of these religions do behind closed doors. Here in the U.S. we call it “Freedom of Religion” but just because we all have the right to worship as we please, or not, does that place the institutions in a special class where they cannot be investigated at all? They’re businesses, even if they have a 501(c)3 exemption from taxes. We allow these to do much as they want to without any oversight.
Of course none of the above take into account how children are indoctrinated to belief. When a child, barely old enough to walk and talk is told they’re going to suffer the flames of Hell, by their parents, unless they believe, is a form of child abuse. The church community doesn’t even try to discourage such behavior. If they did, they’d find their membership dwindling. Belief consists of fear and intimidation.
And still, there is much, much more I can say here about religion, like how millions have died in the name of one or another religion. That’s the largest evil of all in my opinion. The torture and murder of those millions for simply not believing in a particular religion. And it goes on today.
I think that religion has perpetuated more evil on this world than anything else. It’s done less for humanity, over all, than any political ideology. It’s too bad many can;t wake up and realize this. If they did, religion would be gone.