I dislike religion intensely. I agree with Mr. Atkinson. I wouldn't start a riot or anything, but I will point out that religion all boils down to the same ridiculous beliefs, and that promotes hatred, etc. ~ Melinda
Same here Melinda.
Since Christianity is the top dog here in the U.S. I'll vent on it. When ministers, parents, grandparents, and friends tell a child that they were born a sinner because two imaginary people ate the fruit of a tree after being conned by a talking snake six thousand years ago but there is a man/god named Jesus that loves you more than anything and if you confess your sin and accept him as your savior you will go to heaven, however if you don't accept the man/god Jesus that loves you more than anything as your savior he will burn you in a place called hell for ever. Religion started when the first con man met the first fool (Mark Twain)
Love Mark Twain. Thanks John.
I used to be very tolerant of religion but no more. I now dislike religion intensely because of the ever increasing abuses from suicide bombers to the priest pedophiles to the Westboro Baptist Church.
Same here Lillie!
Too many religions are based in statements which can in no way be demonstrated as true at best, and at worst are outright lies. That by itself is bad enough, but when these belief systems further insist that your destination toward one possible afterlife or another is solely based on your unthinking acceptance of these beliefs and that one is so horrific as to frighten anyone who would believe it to the point of mental trauma, again, based on LIES, this is heinous and inexcusable. The use of falsehoods, fear, and coercion to perpetuate religion, particularly christianity and islam, though mormonism is not exempt, nor is scientology, should disqualify these institutions from any support from any person with the power of independent rational thought.
And if those same people are inspired to distaste, dislike or active hatred of such organizations, they are hardly to be blamed.
"...And if those same people are inspired to distaste, dislike or active hatred of such organizations, they are hardly to be blamed".
Very much agree with everything you say, here and every other post on ANx that I've read.
Never better said in such a short paragraph. Loren, may I quote you?
What is wrong with inciting intense dislike of a religion......
Nothing, with one caveat. I'm not so sure I'd use the word "incite." Engender, promulgate, produce, cause, or stimulate is, in my estimation, a better descriptor as the means to the desired result than "incite." Incite carries an underlying tone of violent backlash.
This morning, on the way to work, I was listening to a story of new religious violence in Egypt over the weekend. Muslims and Coptic Christians shooting at each other in the street, with 6 dead so far, and no end in site. I'm sure one or more religious leaders "incited" their followers to hatred against the opposing heathens.
Agreed. Rowan Atkinson maybe should have said engender instead.