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Is Religion A Force For Good?
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Once you assume a creator and a plan, it makes humans objects in a cruel expt whereby we are created sick and then commanded to get well. And then a celestial dictatorship is installed over us, greedy for uncritical praise and ready to punish us for original sins so tenderly gifted to us in the first place. However, there is a cure. Salvation is offered, at the low price of the surrender of your critical facilities.
""Religion forces nice people to do unkind things, and makes intelligent perople say stupid things."
The cure for poverty is not charity, but the empowerment of women. Give women some power over reproduction and take away the rel doctrines. But whenever you try to remove the shackles of ignorance and disease from women, it's inevitably the clerics who stand in your way.
"I'd hope that Catholic charities are doing a lot of work in Africa. If I was a member of a church that had preached that condoms were worse than AIDs, I'd be putting some conscience money there.
Like the Mormons saying 'You may think it's a bit crazy that Joseph Smith found a spare bible buried in upstate NY, but you should see our missionairies in action."
We simply don't need divine instruction to tell us right from wrong - we have the power of our own reasoning to understand it for ourselves.
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