Would the world be a better place without religion?

Posted by: hemmons08

  • Of course, so many issues derive from religion.

  • No! What would we do without it?

53% 24 votes
47% 21 votes
  • At nearly every turn, small-minded religious beliefs have hindered progress and caused oppression and violence.

  • I don't feel comfortable with the wording of voting no, but I felt that my opinion was no. The reason is because religion for many provides hope. The majority of religious individuals are not extremists - the majority are trying their best to maintain a sense of spiritual security. I don't think there's anything wrong with that. It gives many a sense of peace and a sense of belonging. So, from this perspective, a world without religion might actually be worse off, somewhat.

  • Cause God all the way, U.S.A. Passover weekend this weekend.

  • Reign of Terror, the Cultural Revolution and the Khmer Rouge. Enough said.

  • Religion keeps the world good, as long as it's the right religion(Christianity).

  • It's very easy to point out genocide, and for some reason, people only seem to point out religious genocide when they forget genocides without religion like with Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot. (Hitler is debatable because he was born a Christian, but he rejected it early on.)

  • As much as I hate everything religion stands for, I have no choice but to vote no. Many poor people in this country would have no hope without religion. Most would probably kill themselves if they didn't think they had a cosmic payoff post-mortem. However, religion deserves absolutely no place in schools, the middle class, the upper class, politics, science, or anywhere else in upper society.

  • Having religions is what keeps everyone in order. If we didn't have religion, people wouldn't understand life and everyone would be doing whatever they want

  • because religion makes us different

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triangle.128k says2015-04-02T18:40:38.5892008-05:00
Somewhere in between, it would be better in some ways and worse in some ways.
PapaNolan says2015-04-02T18:47:41.6488629-05:00
This debate is going to explode in hatred, I can guarantee it.
Vox_Veritas says2015-04-02T18:55:13.0808848-05:00
A world without religion would be so freaking awesome! Then 100% of humanity would go to hell. Woohoo!
SamStevens says2015-04-02T19:01:52.2449366-05:00
Vox_Veritas: There is no evidence that hell exists.
TBR says2015-04-02T19:11:42.1254062-05:00
HELL!!!! Look OUT! Better do what someone on the internet says, or I will go to HELLLLLL....
triangle.128k says2015-04-02T19:20:09.5628208-05:00
The only way to santa's workshop and eternal life is to accept Santa Clause as your lord and savior. If you deny Santa, you won't be forgiven for your sins, and you will go to hell when you die! So yeah, you're going to HELL!
TBR says2015-04-02T19:21:58.0746039-05:00
I'm not going to Santa's workshop triangle.128k. He is a tyrant. Know how many children he has made cry? Put up a tree, leave cookies. Fuc*k that dogma.
hemmons08 says2015-04-02T19:25:32.1308961-05:00
I appreciate your comments! Yeah, I knew this would cause an explosion of anger lol
triangle.128k says2015-04-02T20:06:03.1548573-05:00
@TBR Okay, you're going to HELL! I'll be saved and have eternal life! He only makes sinners cry.
triangle.128k says2015-04-02T20:08:10.1873155-05:00
Heil santa!
TBR says2015-04-02T20:09:27.0422878-05:00
Yea, but I can be naught or nice. Santa gave me "free choice". Aside, do you think Santa could make a toy so large even he couldn't put it in his sack?
Random12345 says2015-04-02T21:50:32.4885436-05:00
I think we have found ourselves the start of a flamewar
komododragon8 says2015-04-03T00:20:25.4180442-05:00
Utherpenquin: and just what do Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot have to do with this?
TBR says2015-04-03T09:47:36.2651980-05:00
Komododragon8 - it's a little over simplistic, but I think he was saying these were people who attempted to remove religion from society.
komododragon8 says2015-04-03T11:42:03.4614332-05:00
TBR-I know thats what he was trying to suggest however the reasons for these events (reign of terror, cultural revolution, Cambodian killing fields) had less to do with religion and more to do with advanceing each dictators agenda.
UtherPenguin says2015-04-03T13:10:24.6280193-05:00
@komododragon8 Though while the killings weren't rooted in religion, it just shows that violence would still exist with or without religion as all of the movements I mentioned before all attempted to remove Religion from society, I just oversimplified it cause I was a wee too lazy to explain.
komododragon8 says2015-04-03T20:56:52.4372587-05:00
Ah ok I can agree with that
komododragon8 says2015-04-04T16:11:07.2428308-05:00
Texas: from what Ive seen, people only point out religiously motivated genecides while ingnoring genocides commited by religious people but for political/economic reasons. The genecides committed by Stalin, Pol Pot, and Mao were not atheistically motivated.
Diqiucun_Cunmin says2015-04-17T22:55:20.0993222-05:00
If doing away with religion means moral nihilism, then I'd rather keep religion. If morals continue to be upheld after the disappearance, then fine.
briantheliberal says2015-04-18T00:22:02.2609467-05:00
Morals just don't disappear without religion, the two aren't mutually exclusive.
ClashnBoom says2015-04-18T00:58:28.4110721-05:00
To have religion means to have morals but to have morals doesn't mean to have religion.

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