It doesn't matter if you are religious or not, but it's good for a lot of people.
Christianity is good for society.
No Religion is far from good for society it promotes violence against those of different belief and holds back progress as a result of belief!
No it's not. While it is true that in history Religion has played a part in the progress in many scientific breakthroughs, in this day and age Science is an entirely separate entity to Religion, with it becoming more of an obstacle of progress with it's countless contradictory views towards branches of science that have the potential to significantly help humanity as a whole. Subjects such as Abortion, Freedom of Sexuality, Freedom of Speech and even Woman's rights have been or are currently the subject of taboo primarily because of people's faith clashing with progress. This has been apparent through history as well. And as somebody who rejects what I see as nonsensical fairy tales, it is clear to me that a huge number of the population more committed to "The Good Book" then work in the scientific community that actually helps save countless lives, while religion held back progress for many years (AIDS and condoms as an example) is a major problem. Do I think Religion needs to be eradicated? No, but I do think it needs to be far less influential in today's society, absolutely.
People should learn to think for themselves and not belief anything unless proper investigation and questioning has been conducted. Truth should be universal and so in an objective quest for this we should be coming to the same conculsion if one thinks for him/herself in objectivity. Sience is a good example of this, where in the end one or the other theorie will proof itself. Truth thus is self evident.
Hitchens' challenge: name a moral act which could not have been performed without religion. Seriously, good luck. No one has done it so far. Now name an immoral act which is only done in the name of religion: plenty come to mind, such as genital mutilation. The fact you failed the first challenge while the second was easy says a lot about religion and whether it is, on the whole, a force for good or evil.
It created an ‘us vs them’ mentality, stifles scientific progress, creates divisions in society, and is historically and presently responsible for a considerable amount of violence and conflict. Nevertheless, the fact that it exists means it must've benefited early humans in some way.
Religion has murder, raped, molested, and destroyed lives. It has led to the gutting of South American and African culture by introducing not only disease, but genocide and poverty as well as slavery
1) Hating on specific groups and people. Some major religions think homosexuality as a disease, some think that those who are homosexual will go to 'hell'. When one becomes religious, they will firmly believe these ideas are true, and will become anti - gay, sometimes leading to violence and/or discrimination. This does not only apply to homosexuality; I simply gave a quick example. There are many other rules in religion that lead to not - so - good actions on specific groups. 2) Terrorism. This may be a radical point, but it would be incorrect to ignore the fact that groups such as ISIS and the KKK have built themselves off religious beliefs. Even when the violence is non - terrorism, it is still violence that was heavily influenced by religious beliefs.
Religion, as much as people would hate to admit it, is not good for society. Look what good it did us. Thousands of years of war and millions of innocents dead over some disagreement of what they were told to believe. People should have their own beliefs and not preach them to the whole world. They have a right to believe what they will.