The fact that religion is still taken seriously in 2013 makes me both sad and angry.
I come from a country where approximately 80-90 percent of the population is atheist. Even the dumbest people here (the equivalent of American rednecks seen in Here Comes Honey Boo Boo) know religion is bullshit, and they know the exact reasons why. We look at religion the same way we look at other made-up stories - they’re all just fairy tales conceived by humans who didn’t have science. The Bible, The Qur’an, ancient Greek, Roman, Norse or Egyptian myths, Hinduism, Paganism, everything is just an explanation of the world born from a lack of knowledge.
It saddens me we still pretend that what the Pope (just another guy with an imaginary friend and a big hat) thinks is important. It makes me angry that when someone like Richard Dawkins comes on American television, they make him debate religion with a religious person, and Americans actually think that their two opinions have the same value (hint: they don’t) and they can choose which side is right (hint: they can’t). That means one of the most powerful countries in the world is a leading force in ignorance and blind faith. They actually think the Teory of Evolution is “just a theory”, because they don’t know the difference between “a theory” and “scientific theory”. How is this possible in our time of education being available easier than ever before?
They also think science’s main purpose is to be an enemy of religion, they actually think scientists are making stuff up just to disprove it. What? Science is just observation, experimentation, and conclusion. Even going outside, looking at grass and concluding that most grass is probably green is a very basic form of science. The fact that science has disproved all religion a hundred times over is just a by-product of that. And yet we are supposed to act like religious people’s opinions matter. Why? In a better society, they would be shunned for their idiotic ancient beliefs by now, and they’d keep their mouths shut when it came to any important issues.
Imagine an alien in a scout ship lands on Earth. He goes around and thinks “wow, they’re kinda smart! they’ve got science, they’ve mastered some pretty advanced technology thanks to it, they know how their planet began and evolved, they know a lot about the Universe… maybe there’s hope for them!”. And then he discovers that still, at this time of fantastic scientific and technological discovery, billions of people actually believe in old fairy tales and superstitions made up by ancient humans in a time without knowledge. He’d be noping the heck out of here so fast it would make our heads spin.
The sad thing is, though, that whenever I talk to an American, or someone from an equally religious country, I have to go through the same points and arguments of religion all over again, because they’re apparently incapable of finding out the facts themselves. It baffles me why. Even just a hundred years ago, I’d accept it. But not today, not in our time.
Tolerating religion is ludicrous and wrong.
think about someone whose life is so hard and unhappy that religion and the “heavenly reward” promised by it (or at least in christianity) is the only light in their existence. a light you’re now pissing on with your pseudo-scientific faux-skeptical dick.