Why is religion bad for todays world?
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#1 Dec 19, 2013
I know this post will get bashed, but I know some of you are well informed and thoughtful - offering interesting recants. So I challenge you, and look for feedback on the following article:
Here's an excerpt to get you going:
In fact, in the United States, where teen pregnancy rates are falling, teen pregnancy is highest in states that only offer abstinence-only education. A lack of sexual education also contributes to the spread of the disease. Abstinence-only is a fundamentalist christian-backed policy, and this abstinence-only education policy is an example of how it hurts society.
#2 Dec 19, 2013
a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith
Evolution is a religion
Atheism or nonbelief is a religion
So when the article says that Religion is bad I tend to agree.
#3 Dec 19, 2013
Oh, you're making my side hurt from laughing. Please, continue to explain your theory.
#4 Dec 19, 2013
Religion has always been a form of control, a reason for the unexplainable issues in life and a focal point of hope when in the real world none exist. The religions of today barely resemble the religions of the past. Today religion in general operates basically as big business and political activist. The origins of religion were based on people helping people, community centers, and a source of both spiritual and physical assistance for those in need. Those days in general are gone. Very few churches focus on helping the community but rather the focus is on bigger buildings, larger congregations and stroking egos. They are a few local churches which do provide great assistance to the local communities but the are very limited, most are just Sunday morning social clubs I really hate to say.
#5 Dec 19, 2013
First: The report calms birth rates not pregnancy rates. In more religious states teens are less likely to get abortion therefore higher birth rates.
Second: The report does not say where these teenage births occur, in religions homes or non-religious homes.
The results of the study are bogus and so is the perception that religion somehow harms society.
#6 Dec 19, 2013
Sarah Brown is CEO of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
Research makes clear that religion, faith, and a strong moral sense play vital roles in protecting teens from too-early sexual activity and teen pregnancy. In particular, being connected to a religious community has been linked with a decreased risk for teen pregnancy. Moreover, a survey we released this week suggests that the majority of Americans want more from religious groups rather than less. Some 52 percent of adults and 57 percent of teens think religious leaders and groups should be doing more to help prevent teen pregnancy.
#7 Dec 19, 2013
If you consider my source as providing "bogus" information then obviously the same can be said of your source, which is a faith based site.
#8 Dec 19, 2013
Let's look at a non-biased site:
#9 Dec 19, 2013
Forty-four percent of the American population is convinced that Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead sometime in the next fifty years. According to the most common interpretation of biblical prophecy, Jesus will return only after things have gone horribly awry here on earth. It is, therefore, not an exaggeration to say that if the city of New York were suddenly replaced by a ball of fire, some significant percentage of the American population would see a silver lining in the subsequent mushroom cloud, as it would suggest to them that the best thing that is ever going to happen was about to happenthe return of Christ. It should be blindingly obvious that beliefs of this sort will do little to help us create a durable future for ourselvessocially, economically, environmentally, or geopolitically. Imagine the consequences if any significant component of the U.S. government actually believed that the world was about to end and that its ending would be glorious. The fact that nearly half of the American population apparently believes this, purely on the basis of religious dogma, should be considered a moral and intellectual emergency
#10 Dec 19, 2013
There's nothing in this report blaming religion!
Looks like point 7 proves my point!
Be clear and specific about family values and rules about when its okay to start dating and your expectations around dating and sexual behavior. If you have strong beliefs and values around sex and marriage, communicate those plainly. For example, if you believe people should not have sex until they are married, say that.
#11 Dec 19, 2013
Ummm, that's my point. There's no mention of religion - just facts around the states that have the highest teenage pregnancy rates. Noticeably, those states are in the bible belt.
#12 Dec 19, 2013
The Statics are still flawed for the same reasons given above.
So if Religion is the problem then why do all these experts keep saying to enforce biblical beliefs?
#13 Dec 19, 2013
Where does the report say "biblical" beliefs? And how are the STATISTICS flawed?
#14 Dec 19, 2013
Religion isn't a problem but dogma and its resulting fanaticism is a major problem.
#15 Mar 25, 2014
The introduction of Politics in Religion and Churches has increased the Fanaticism.
I was driven out of the Southern Baptist Convention Churches by Republican Preachers spouting off Political Comments in Church. I refused to go to Churches where Sermons turned into Political Commentaries that I disagreed with.
#16 Mar 25, 2014
Koch Brothers, GOP Mega Donors Bankrolling the Religious Right
#17 Mar 25, 2014
I think religion is good for today's world. Why? Because most people don't have enough sense to be decent to one another without the fear of God's judgment and/or going to hell.
We also need more teen pregnancy. As long as it's White teen pregnancy. High-quality human capital is being outnumbered by low-IQ third World savages.
I also think we need more abortions in this country. As long as it's non-White babies being aborted. A lot of Christians will disagree with me on this. They'll say "No, God loves all unborn babies, regardless of race"...... Yeah, but the Bible also says man shall have dominion over the animals, so there.
Full disclosure: I'm non-religious and don't go to church. But God (or The Big Bang) gave me a good brain and I know what's best for this country..... More God-fearing White folks.
Can I get an Amen?
#18 Jan 15, 2015
religion is a good drug because see
if you believe in god
and something goes wrong
your blinded by the fact that life is fucking horrible..
because to be honest i wonder like
if i didn't believe in god??
maybe i would have committed suicide even in childhood..
perhaps over something as petty as not winning a video game??
And perhaps if i didn't believe that stealing was wrong from the bible..
I would have stolen more stuff as a child..
if i didn't believe that stealing
well actually i did steal when i was a child.l. even though it was in the bible because i just didn't fucking care i wanted the item..
also the only reason people don't steal is because you go to jail for it nobody actually cares about.. it being a bible verse mean come on..
ok so like also religion is good depending on what religion but if your religion tells you to kill people then it's a bad religion because it jeapordizes someone's life..
but what i'm saying is that even if you don't believe in god making a religion up liek this with these lies can be a good tool..
and fact is probably true that all the religions were used so that governing would be easier.. not necessarily because people actually believed this stuff the higher ups possibly brainwashed themselves along with the crowd but the clear point of some of them was probably just to make life easier..
because see something bad happens and your all like it's not a problem so you see your life as worthwhile when it isn't.. so you don't kill yourself and that is a possible reason why certain particular religions can be healthy but then also what about if you have a religion which views death more positive then you kill yourself to reincarnate or something that wouldn't be any good..
#19 Jan 15, 2015
oh yes or perhaps religion is entirely worthless when you can just use a good original medicine or drug for happiness of course..
#20 Jan 15, 2015
social structures of our society are inherently flawed..
facebook is an atrocity because it is an unfinished project..
when it is patched up and socialization will not destroy children ..
and and people can get more out of it instead of their lives ruined..
mean facebook is good but it needs.. improvement.. there should be
programs in place that prevent cyberbullying phrases from even being sent as messages..
maybe like.. filter actual negative words... as insane as it sounds..
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