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The Negative Effects of Religion

As everyday unfolds and we see things happen all over the planet, here are examples of how the religious and superstitious beliefs interact with the world in negative ways.

Thursday, 14 February 2008 19:13

Danish Police Thwart Murder Plot By Islamists

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It is quite shocking to hear that certain Islamists plotted to murder a Cartoonist in Denmark for his drawing, published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten on 30 September 2005. Fortunately, Danish police thwarted their plans yesterday. Today, at least 17 Danish newspapers printed a controversial cartoon of Prophet Muhammed today to stand against fanaticism. "Freedom of expression gives you the right to think, to speak and to draw what you like... no matter how many terrorist plots there are," conservative broadsheet Berlingske Tidende wrote in an editorial. The right to freedom of speech is guaranteed under international law through numerous human rights instruments, notably under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights. There are plenty of good reasons why this law was put in place. This is a case example of religion contradicting the moral zeitgeist.
Source: http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/editors-risk-muslim-fury-with-cartoon-reprint/2008/02/14/1202760450484.html
The late Heath Ledger has been denied a public memorial service because some US religious groups have vowed to picket any service to protest the actor's portrayal of a gay cowboy in Brokeback Mountain (Source).
Tuesday, 18 December 2007 15:54

Saudi King Pardons Rape Victim

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In Saudi Arabia, a 19-year old woman was put in jail for being with a man in a car who was not her relative. Apparently, this is illegal in Saudi Arabia. This fact was established when seven men attacked them and gang-raped her.

Rape under Saudi Arabian law is punishable by law, but from what I understand, the court did not impose it because there were no witnesses and the rapists did not confess to the crime. Furthermore, they also revoked the license of the woman's lawyer and asked the lawyer to appear before a disciplinary panel. (Source)
After a year of releasing his book The God Delusion, Professor Richard Dawkins finally gets a reaction from the Pope.

"Pope Benedict XVI has launched a powerful attack on atheism, saying that it was responsible for some of the 'greatest forms of cruelty and violations of justice' in history", according to The Telegraph.

The Pope then agrees to talk to Muslim leaders (Source: The Guardian).

In the mean time, the Turkish Islamist Government is also calling to ban and punish the publisher who published The God Delusion. (Source: The Independent).

I do hope that this will trigger engaging conversations around the world about superstition, religious beliefs and scientific reason based on evidence. It is important for such discussions to take place. My only concern is that there are plenty of groups and individuals who cannot discuss ideas, but are easily incited and are quick to resort to use coercion, fear or violence. If they do, however, it would prove Dawkins' point: that having faith in a belief that is not grounded on scientific evidence, is dangerous.

I remember another case about a year or two ago. The Pope said the following (translated from German): "Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached"(Source).

Muslim reaction had been vehement. Straight after this comment, two Islamists shot dead an Italian nun, her bodyguard and worker at a hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia. (Source). Quite ironic. Someone says you are violent, you disagree, and you go ahead and prove him right by killing someone else.

This is why it is very important for people to read the book entirely, with a will to understand, so they can intelligently discuss the ideas and help guide others to behave like sensible human beings. Let's all just focus primarily on discussing and debating ideas.

According to a terrorism expert, Marc Sageman, individuals who join terrorist groups have one thing in common before they commit a terrorist act: they have had 'insignificant' lives. He said, "You have a lot of people who are bored out of their minds. Joining this movement brings significance to their lives. Now they are special, part of the vanguard and better than others."
(Read the article)

This is interesting because two weeks ago I just blogged about the big reasons offered to try and understand terrorism. If Sageman is correct in his assertions, then it means that even though the leaders of terrorist groups may have some philosophy on why they do what they do, the foot soldiers at the bottom of their ranks are mainly taking part for emotional reasons.

MY THOUGHTS

If a person feels inferior because he believes he is insignificant, or that he is living an insignificant life, it is logical for him to presume that to become someone significant, or to live a significant life, he must achieve superiority over others. However, he is neither significant nor insignificant. He is neither superior nor inferior. These concepts only exist because of his perceptions. The truth is, he is simply himself.
Monday, 01 May 2006 22:54

Catholic priesthood in decline

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The number of priests worldwide has decreased by 3.5 per cent in the past quarter of a century, the Vatican said, noting that the overall figure was affected by a sharp decrease in Europe despite a rise of vocations in Africa. Read full article here.
Tuesday, 28 February 2006 21:22

Fig Leaf For A Terrorist Authority

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Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, who wants peace talks with Israel to establish a Palestinian state, says that Hamas might make it difficult, if not impossible, for him to lead. Israel's acting Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni says that Mr Abbas "can't be a fig leaf for a terrorist authority".

Full article.
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The Tyranny Of God by Marquez Comelab - Book on Religion, Science, Reason, Faith, Atheism and Reasonism

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Is there a God? Where do the animals, plants and human beings come from? Are scriptures the words of gods? Does religion teach us to live moral lives? Why do so many people kill and are killed over it? How should we live our lives if God exists? How should we live it if God does NOT exist?

This book explores the truth behind our beliefs in God and the propensity of human beings to be religious. In an honest attempt to seek the answers to life's deepest questions, I probe into how life began. I then progress to investigate the true nature of religions and their impact on our lives and the rest of humanity.

The main purpose of this book is not to argue against religion. Rather, it tells our story and how we have come to oppress ourselves with the tyranny of our own beliefs. I wrote this book to include everything I discovered to be relevant in my search for the truth, not just the truth behind God and morality, but also behind us and our existence. Instead of reading this book with the expectation that it is trying to prove the tyranny of God, I would like to recommend you read it as a story book: as a book that tells the story of humanity from the Big Bang.

REVIEW

"While Comelab's writing is always moderate in tone, its message clearly undermines current distractions with accommodationist arguments towards presumed religious "moderates". It is written with the fresh confidence of a young man who has had early success in his adopted country and only recently come to realise the truth of atheism. For those like me whose only worry about Atheism has long been its faultering progress, Comelab reminds us that much of the energy must continue to come from those who have more recently learned the truth. He seems more than bright enough to soon progress to seeing atheism not as an end but as a starting point to the kind of understanding that should enable us to work towards a future incomparably better than any heaven the faithful can imagine."

- TONY SMITH (AUSTRALIA)

Its beyond my imagination that you can put it all together in a book. Two thumbs up! You can not imagine what happen when I first read the title of your book, and got excited about it and kept reading until dawn. I commend you in putting so much effort to collecting data and put it together to support your idea. 

How can I say this... your book is really ME in here, existing to tell, spread, and contradict  but in very small area only (very limited, considering my country religion majority). Most of it can only be talked between my family member and close friends. Your book provides BEAUTIFUL BITTER TRUTH : that is how I would sum it up.

I called it beautiful because it opens up the very shell of a religions and the implications it caused over the past hundred, even thousands of years. I cannot describe with my limited english skill the insight your book has shown. But I am AFRAID your book WILL NEVER SPREAD TO MY COUNTRY. It will cause a massive attacks and chaos from the religious majority. I feel happy but the same time sad, really sad...Well again I cannot say THANK YOU ENOUGH.

- J. A. (Indonesia)

This book has taught me so much about evolution, the history of religions and the effect is has on our modern day society! The author shares his personal journey as a believer and provides much needed "food for thought". I recommend this book to all those who want to form their own opinion about believing or not believing.

-FISHPOND REVIEW