At one point in my life, I was a very strong believer. Then, I became a non-believer who was pretty tolerant of religion. Lately, more and more, I begin to see religion as a blight. It becomes apparent to me, that the world would be a calmer and saner place without clinging to ancient superstitions.
There was a time when humans were forced to invent religion to explain the universe. God was up there, just beyond the clouds, and the devil was down there, just below our feet. Eventually, we were forced to admit that both God and his adversary must reside somewhere else and that the earth was not the centre of the universe. Unfortunately however, we have never been able to throw the baby out with the tepid bathwater. We just kept modifying our beliefs in ever more desperate attempts to make them fit with science.
Mind you, many beliefs are innocuous. I mean to say, if someone wants to believe that God provides them a parking spot in their town while he lets children starve somewhere else, I guess it doesn't exactly hurt anyone. It may be inane to the nth degree, but it's most likely harmless.
However, when religionists get on their high horses and tell sexual abuse victims that they should not report their abuser, I do not find it harmless. This was apparently the case in Australia when a rabbi allegedly told the victim: "... he had invited the abuse because he wasn't religious enough." (see article in The Australian)
By now, you have all read of Savita Halappanavar who just a few weeks ago was allowed to die in an Irish hospital. Her pregnancy developed complications, but she was denied an abortion in this Catholic country even though it was apparent that the fetus would not survive. The situation was allowed to deteriorate for three days until the fetus actually died before the doctors would remove it. By then it was too late to save the mother, and Savita died. How unnecessary. How sad. (Fox News link)
I know that it's possible that if you're one of the few who stop to read this post, you will be offended by how I turn two seemingly isolated incidents into a generally anti-religionist post, but I think that they are indicative the danger of the religious mindset. In both cases, religion intervened in an inappropriate manner. In one
case, it protected a criminal pedophile while casting guilt upon the victim. The other case resulted in needless death. These are micro cases, but on the macro level, religiously motivated terrorism goes on and on, and political tensions, partly induced by religion, escalate into threats of war.
I think we'd be better off without religion.