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Public enemy number one: Organised Religion.

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posted on Mar, 24 2011 @ 12:17 PM
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Originally posted by Darkk

But its perfectly okay for people to make the same arguments about religion? Most arguments here about religion are the same thing. "Religion is for controll of people....Religion is responsible for the deaths of millions"


Religion is responsible for the deaths of millions. But in the case of your argument, those regimes didn't kill people in the name of atheism, rather statism, and there's no evidence that belief in some religion would have prevented any of it. Also, there exists strong evidence from multiple studies that show a high correlation between the religiosity of a nation and negative sociological problems.




posted on Mar, 24 2011 @ 12:18 PM
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And how many times in the past have people been persecuted for there religious beliefs..?

It has been done a lot by people with religion and by atheists.



If something such as religion causes as many problems as it does in our society, you have to stop and ask your self why..? why all the conflict.. It can't be over nothing now can it?

Religion is not the root of all the problems like i have said many fascists regimes have been ruled by atheists.



God and Government being brought together is a very major issue my friend.

Ill take that over soviet russia and north korea any day of the week.



posted on Mar, 24 2011 @ 12:18 PM
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Originally posted by Darkk

Originally posted by traditionaldrummer

Originally posted by Darkk
But some of the most oppresice states in history have been ruled by atheists.


Disingenuous argument. Hitler and Pol Pot were vegetarians, therefore, the most oppressive states in history have been ruled by vegetarians. Vegetarians must therefore be evil. The actions of madmen can't be reduced to a simple matter of belief or disbelief just as they can't be reduced to a simple matter of diet.


But its perfectly okay for people to make the same arguments about religion? Most arguments here about religion are the same thing. "Religion is for controll of people....Religion is responsible for the deaths of millions"


...I'm not even going to go there.
.. Look at it this way.. Religion as we know it today, is nothing more then a twisted. distorted version of it's former self.. It has been used to manipulate control, and wage war for centuries.



posted on Mar, 24 2011 @ 12:20 PM
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Originally posted by infojunkie2
because when you hear of the millions that have been removed from this earth


Are you one of those believers in "the rapture", where jesus suddenly vacuums up all the christians into heaven? If so, how long did it take for that intellectual termite to burrow into your brain?



posted on Mar, 24 2011 @ 12:20 PM
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Define religion. You seem to have a non logical definition of it in your head.

For example, Atheism is a religion..So thank you for further pushing my point.



posted on Mar, 24 2011 @ 12:22 PM
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Originally posted by traditionaldrummer

Originally posted by Darkk

But its perfectly okay for people to make the same arguments about religion? Most arguments here about religion are the same thing. "Religion is for controll of people....Religion is responsible for the deaths of millions"


Religion is responsible for the deaths of millions. But in the case of your argument, those regimes didn't kill people in the name of atheism, rather statism, and there's no evidence that belief in some religion would have prevented any of it. Also, there exists strong evidence from multiple studies that show a high correlation between the religiosity of a nation and negative sociological problems.


But those regimes were all trying to erradicate religion so that everyone could be atheists, how you can ignore that is beyond me.Atheism, not religion, is the real force behind the mass murders of history. It is the same as saying religion did not kill those people war did



posted on Mar, 24 2011 @ 12:29 PM
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Originally posted by TechVampyre
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Define religion. You seem to have a non logical definition of it in your head.

For example, Atheism is a religion..So thank you for further pushing my point.


Atheism is not a Religion...



posted on Mar, 24 2011 @ 12:30 PM
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Of course I am, and someday you will believe it too, unless you are one of those who believe the lie that aliens took us, or the lie of the new age that teaches that we are about to enter the age where mother earth is going cleanse herself of those who were just not tolerant enough and could not go to the next level of awareness so we were sent to another dimension to be rehabilitated. Like i said if I am wrong i have nothing to lose, but if you are wrong, you are certainly risking alot arent you?



posted on Mar, 24 2011 @ 12:31 PM
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If it is practiced it is a religion. firstchurchofatheism.com...

EDIT:Court orders Atheism a religion.

edit on 24-3-2011 by TechVampyre because: (no reason given)



posted on Mar, 24 2011 @ 12:31 PM
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Originally posted by Darkk

But those regimes were all trying to erradicate religion so that everyone could be atheists, how you can ignore that is beyond me.Atheism, not religion, is the real force behind the mass murders of history. It is the same as saying religion did not kill those people war did


They removed religion in order to direct attention to the state, which was in effect a de facto proxy religion (as N. Korea is to this day). Soviet Russia even used the preexisting religious structure to accomplish it. In effect, religion made it easier for it to happen.

In any event, the oppression was still not done in the name of atheism and there is no evidence that belief in some religion would have prevented any of it. Look at Hitler: a catholic and theist who repeatedly wrote that he believed he was doing god's work. The actions of madmen are not mitigated by matters of belief.



posted on Mar, 24 2011 @ 12:33 PM
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But like i have said it is perfectly okay to blame the deaths of many on religion while atheists have done the exact same thing. Those regimes were atheists states



posted on Mar, 24 2011 @ 12:35 PM
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Originally posted by infojunkie2
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Of course I am, and someday you will believe it too, unless you are one of those who believe the lie that aliens took us, or the lie of the new age that teaches that we are about to enter the age where mother earth is going cleanse herself of those who were just not tolerant enough and could not go to the next level of awareness so we were sent to another dimension to be rehabilitated. Like i said if I am wrong i have nothing to lose, but if you are wrong, you are certainly risking alot arent you?


Ahh, Pascal's wager. And so what if you're wrong and it turns out that there's an afterlife ruled by Thor? I guess you're screwed.

No, I don't believe new age, alien nonsense or ancient jewish gods. I feel sorry for those that do and particularly confused by people who believe in "the rapture" since such an event is physically impossible and completely at odds with reality. But, whatever gets you through the night....



posted on Mar, 24 2011 @ 12:36 PM
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Originally posted by Darkk
But like i have said it is perfectly okay to blame the deaths of many on religion while atheists have done the exact same thing. Those regimes were atheists states


Sure, some madmen were atheists. Some madmen were theists. That's why, as I said, it's a disingenuous argument to blame the actions of a few madmen solely on matters of belief.



posted on Mar, 24 2011 @ 12:37 PM
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Originally posted by TechVampyre
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If it is practiced it is a religion. firstchurchofatheism.com...

EDIT:Court orders Atheism a religion.

edit on 24-3-2011 by TechVampyre because: (no reason given)


Atheism is not a religion. However, it does have some legal protections that other religions would receive. This fact does not make it a religion though.



posted on Mar, 24 2011 @ 12:39 PM
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Organized religion is what is established around beliefs, some are fine and some are not but they are constructs built around people following an idea whether the idea is right or wrong.

Does the OP want to outlaw belief - which beliefs? When all the believers of deities are exterminated who will be next? How about people that believe in alternatives to main stream science? Shall science die by this mindset too?

The number one enemy is the enemy of freedom and self-determination - which seems to be the predominant attitude of the posters on this thread.



posted on Mar, 24 2011 @ 12:42 PM
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Im not blaming genocide on atheisim, im just ponting out that people are quick to shoot dowm the argument that atheists leaders have been genocidal madmen while at the same time they make the same argument about "religion" as if religion was one giant organization with one set of beliefs.



posted on Mar, 24 2011 @ 12:43 PM
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Originally posted by ararisq
Organized religion is what is established around beliefs, some are fine and some are not but they are constructs built around people following an idea whether the idea is right or wrong.

Does the OP want to outlaw belief - which beliefs? When all the believers of deities are exterminated who will be next? How about people that believe in alternatives to main stream science? Shall science die by this mindset too?

The number one enemy is the enemy of freedom and self-determination - which seems to be the predominant attitude of the posters on this thread.



The only thing i recommended we outlaw was God and Government coming together.. When in reality the two have little to nothing to do with each other..
edit on 24-3-2011 by TechVampyre because: (no reason given)



posted on Mar, 24 2011 @ 12:47 PM
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The separation of church and state was done a loooooooong time ago



posted on Mar, 24 2011 @ 12:49 PM
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Originally posted by Darkk
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The separation of church and state was done a loooooooong time ago


HA, I will let you believe that..

I'm going to sign off for awhile..I will be back later to further discuss this.



posted on Mar, 24 2011 @ 12:53 PM
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I agree with the OP.

I do belive that Jesus lived and taught, I also believe he was a radical who disliked everything 'organised' religion had to offer.

Why do we have to belong to something to be spiritual? Do we want to be 'organised'?

To be a decent human is in mho what we should all strive for, we don't need organised religion to tell us that.







 
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