Links roundup: What’s up, religion?

I’ve been saving these ones up – stories of ordinary people who are subjected to oppression for religious reasons. (And several of them resist successfully!) Isn’t religion supposed to improve our quality of life, not destroy it?

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3 Responses to “Links roundup: What’s up, religion?”

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  2. here’s a link for you for modern day mainstream Christian Americans: not so bad as dying or as extreme as beatings, but it shows what goes on behind closed doors in conservative (but not extreme) homes:

    http://redheadedskeptic.com/2009/03/12/the-most-harm-part-one/

    Crazy. Makes me realize that religion is not necessary to lead a happy life, and if anything, can be the detriment of it.

  3. Wow, thanks for the link Sarah – I hadn’t seen this blog before and it’s great. Her conclusion to the story is so well-put:

    We can count the number of people that have died due to religiously motivated wars. We can count the number of people whose rights have been taken for solely religious purposes. But we can never measure the damage it has caused. We can never count the broken hearts. We can never count the number of lives built on lies. We can never measure the amount of physical, mental, and verbal abuse it has caused. We can never count the loss in intellect, the scientific leaps we could have made. We can never count the number of people whose lives have been destroyed by such a well-meaning group of people. Yes, religion can be good, but we must ask ourselves if it is worth it. The most harm is not in what is seen, but in what is unseen.

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