Because it also teaches hate, cruelty, war, slavery, and violence against women and children.<quoted text>
Where is the danger?
Bible stories teach good work ethics and morals. What's wrong with that?
It says it's ok to sell your daughter, stone your child, rape and kill those who don't believe like you do.
If you want the land and goats/sheep owned by people in a neighboring country, you have "god's" permission to kill them and take their property, provided they don't believe like you do.
Freedom from the belief in primitive superstitions would make for a better world.<quoted text> We, as a people, need spirituality in our lives again.
There. Now we have both expressed our opinions.
Oh, sure. Because "believers" would never take drugs or abuse alcohol.<quoted text> Look at the pain caused by drugs and alcohol abuse. It's because we have fled from morals and are leading glutinous lives!
You think everyone needs to believe in a mythical sky daddy who is going to punish him/her if he/she doesn't behave? Ridiculous.<quoted text> The common man needs religion to keep himself in line. So does the rich man.
If Yahweh appeared tomorrow and said, "Hey, do whatever you want to do! No punishment ever!" are you going to go out to steal, rape, and pillage?
If so, you were never a moral person to begin with.
Ethics and morals come from being able to empathize with others.
To treat others the way you want to be treated.
No religion is necessary for that.
The most ethical people I know are atheists.
They know that they are responsible for their actions.
They don't get to simply apologize to Yahweh and get "forgiven."