What Has Religion Done for Us This Month? Part 3

Daniel is back with another montage of some of the awful things done in the name of God over the past month:

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  • Dave Archangelics
  • http://twitter.com/TweetThatSheet Daniel Brown

    I have to disagree a bit with including crazy people like the woman who put her baby in the dumpster because of “evil spirits”.

    My guess is that she was mentally unstable as it was, and was going to put her child in the trash anyway. Her unstable mind then picks from a host of reasons that are available in this world. Religion supplied one – evil spirits – and that is what she used.

    I’m sure if there was never a mention of evil spirits, she’d have another reason for doing it. Religion didn’t cause her to do what she did, her mentally unstable brain did.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/GodVlogger?feature=mhee GodVlogger (on YouTube)

      I’m unsure about this. My guess is that there are lots of folks who teeter on the edge of doing insane things, but that they can remain functional in society with the proper support structure (e.g. with the stabilizing presence of a spouse/parent/friend/etc. who helps keep them on the path of reasonableness).

      But in a society that fills minds with the ideas that demons and evil spirits, etc., are true and valid beliefs, then for some marginally unstable individuals that may be enough to have them latch on to crazy societal beliefs without the checks-and-balance of a society norm to tell them that such thoughts are inherently delusional.

      I’m sure some insane folks will do insane things no matter what. But I ‘guess’ that there are far more folks who teeter on insanity and would benefit from a reality based society to help them recognize which thoughts are delusional.

    • Greg G.

      If someone spoke of evil spirits in a world without religion, it would be much simpler to spot a mentally unstable brain. In a world filled with religion, talk of evil spirits passes as normal conversation.

      I have some OCD friends who can recognize their OCD behaviors as such, including new ones. People can distinguish between rational thoughts and irrational thoughts as well. Religion can blur the difference when it comes to things like evil spirits.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.ahern.31 Mike Ahern

    Dennis, we all are rooting for you to get better. Best wishes to you for a speedy recovery.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

    yup. another couple of months on Planet Believer.

    ok, believers. what you got? come on, i’m sure there’s a wonderful video out there somewhere, of all the poor who were clothed and fed, all the orphans adopted, all the children educated with science so they can get jobs in a modern economy, all the pregnant incest victims sheltered, all the gay runaway teens housed, all the wars stopped by brave believers standing on the battlefield between the guns shouting “no more war!” in just the last month of so.

    i’ll wait.

    • Pseudonym

      On behalf of mainstream-to-liberal religion: No, we don’t have a video detailing all of the feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, participating in non-violent resistance, educating street kids in Uganda and so forth that we did in the last month.

      We’re not trying to score points with you so you can revel at how great we are. We’re trying to make a difference because it’s the right thing to do. You won’t find our work in easily-editable news clips, because the mainstream media tends to concentrate on extremes. We’d have to make the videos ourselves, and it seems like a bit of a waste of effort to make a new one every month.

      I’m pretty sure that you haven’t made a video detailing all the good you did in the last month, and that’s okay. I’d far prefer that you did good than made videos about yourself.

  • Anon

    Re: Gay scouts part of the video.
    I’ve been involved in the Guiding community for nearly 15 years.
    The only time I ever heard any of my leaders talking about anything that related to their sexuality was when one of them got engaged.
    I’m a lesbian, I work with Guides as an adult leader. The number of times I have mentioned my sexuality to them is 0.
    This is ridiculous. Why does somebody being homosexual automatically mean they are going to want to talk about it to a group of children?
    Oh right, the ‘homosexual agenda’.

  • Octoberfurst

    Every time I watch stuff like this I think about how much better off the world would be if we didn’t have religion mucking things up.


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