Effects of Religious Practices in Society
Children grow up to hate and fear science and scientists, because science disproves their parents’ religion – leading to appalling scientific illiteracy.
Women are treated like second-class citizens based on religious teachings.
Tens of thousands of people all through history tortured and killed in the name of religion.
People die and let their children die because their religion forbids medical help.
Babies genital mutilation in religious rituals.
“Abstinence only” sex education, resulting in five times the amount of sexually transmitted diseases and teenage pregnancies
Women having septic abortions.
Censorship of speech, art, books, films, poetry, songs and thought.
Children are traumatized by stories of eternal burning and torture.
Abuse of power and authority, extreme wealth with super mega churches.
James David Manning and ATLAH World Missionary Church.
Religion is filling people with fear
Religion is turning people against themselves
Religion is turning people against each other
Religion is keeping people in ignorance
Religion promotes tribalism
Religion anchors believers to the Iron Age
Religion diverts generous impulses and good intentions
Religion teaches helplessness
Religions seek power
Religion can be distressing
Religion can direct people away from conventional medical treatment
Religion can be a form of avoidant coping
The demonization of other religions, e.g. Christianity demonizing Pagans"
Children spending the period of their lives when the brain is most receptive to learning new information reading, rereading, and even memorizing religious texts
People who believe the world is about to end neglect their education, are not financially responsible, and in extreme cases take part in mass suicides
Long-term environmental issues ignored because of beliefs that the rapture/apocalypse or something will happen soon, so they don’t matter
Wives told they will be tortured forever if they leave their abusive husbands (and vice versa)
Holy wars – followers of different faiths (or even the same faith) killing each other in the name of their (benevolent, loving and merciful) gods
The destruction of great works of art considered to be pornographic/blasphemous, and the persecution of the artists
Slavery condoned by religious texts
Children traumatized by vivid stories of eternal burning and torture to ensure that they’ll be too frightened to even question religion
Terminal patients in constant agony who would end their lives if they didn’t believe it would result in eternal torture
School boards having to spend time and money and resources on the fight to have evolution taught in the schools
Blue laws forcing other businesses to stay closed or limit sales, while churches can generate more revenue
Persecution of “heretics”/scientists, like Giordano Bruno (burned at the stake) and Galileo Galilei
Mayors, senators, and presidents voted into office not because they’re right for the job, but because of their religious beliefs
Abuse of power, authority and trust by religious leaders (for financial gain or sexual abuse of followers and even children)
People accepting visual and auditory hallucinations unquestioningly as divine, sometimes with fatal results
Discrimination against atheists, such as laws stating they may not hold public office or testify in court, or in half a dozen countries around the world, laws requiring their execution
Missionaries destroying/converting smaller, “heathen” religions and cultures
Hardship compounded by the guilt required to reconcile the idea of a fair god with reality (“why is God punishing me? What have I done wrong? Don’t I have enough faith?”)
Human achievements—from skillful surgery to to emergency landings—attributed to gods instead of to the people actually responsible
Mother Teresa, prolonging the agony of terminal patients and denying them pain relief, so she can offer their suffering as a gift to her god
Tens of billions annually in the US alone spent to build, maintain, and staff houses of worship
Grief and horror caused by the belief that dead friends and family members are tortured as punishment for disbelief
Natural disasters and other tragedies used to claim God is displeased and present demands to avoid similar events (it’s like terrorism, but without having to plan or do anything). -
More of what religion does to society
Fight over seat at church has deadly end
Religion, the Oldest Weapon of Mass Destruction in Human History
Only sheep need a shepherd.’ ~Voltaire