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.
  • Scott Lively
  • 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