RELIGION SHOWS THE SAME CONDITIONING AS HUMAN NATURE DOES, IT APPLAUDS CERTAIN EVILS

Human beings are too easily conditioned. The fact that Jack the Ripper arouses greater abhorrence than the far more depraved President George Bush Junior illustrates this point. Most of what makes us angry is irrational for other worse things do not bother us.

The following points show what we are like.

Some quotes:

Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it". - Noam Chomsky

"How can you have a war on terrorism when war itself is terrorism?" - Howard Zinn

"The violent subjugation of the Palestinians, Iraqis, and Afghans will only ensure that those who oppose us will increasingly speak to us in the language we speak to them-violence." - Chris Hedges

"There is no moral difference between a Stealth bomber and a suicide bomber. They both kill innocent people for political reasons." - Tony Benn

Establishments like religion should not exist and nobody should be starting new religions especially demanding ones like Christianity, Mormonism, Islam and Judaism that have unusual doctrines and practices. We are dangerous enough by focusing on and living with what is on earth never mind worrying about what a God or Bible or saviour with ways that look inexplicable and unfathomable to our reason want. Its every bit as bad as drug addiction and at the end of the day all these cults want us to be very dedicated to them and want us to be very religious and order our lives the way they say God wants it done rather than how we think it should be done. That is a terrible thing if they are nonsense.

Religion claims to be of more importance to mental stability and happiness than psychiatry. So if we were all religious and lived holy lives we would not need treatment for the mind except for those disorders that arise from physical causes. This is a very serious claim. It accuses unbelievers of being dangerous and causing others to be dangerous. It calls them liars for saying they are content enough with their lives. No religion has the right to say things like that.

 Psychologists and psychiatrists can get it wrong but they use trial and error to learn while religion loathes trial and error. It chooses not to fit its worldview into reality but fit reality into its world-view. For example, they choose to ignore any evidence that contradicts them and take refuge in platitudes about God having mysterious ways – for example, the appalling suffering his viruses cause to innocent babies - and human beings having limited understanding. The claims are downright irresponsible.

What would give say the Roman Catholic Church the right to say it has a monopoly on making people happy? Does the pope and his cronies know what it is like to be a Buddhist or a Mormon? And yet that is what these cultists say because they claim to be the only true Church. They claim Jesus is the only way to salvation which indicates then that they are making him a monopoly for happiness too. The Christians say they believe that Jesus is the only way to God. We seen then that a belief that might or could be wrong is causing the happiness not Jesus. Christians use testimonies about Jesus being a moral genius and a great source of happiness to impress prospective converts. But you can get people to say things like that about books like A Course in Miracles allegedly dictated by Jesus but totally incompatible with the New Testament due to its saccharine New Age outlook. It is science not dogma that should be presented as the source of happiness.