What Has Religion Done for Us This Month? Episode 9

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

(via ConversationWithA)

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  • Jasper

    I’m not familiar with all the cases, but the author may be assuming that all the anti-gay cases are religiously motivated. Probably, but let’s be careful about that.

    • viaten

      The same could be said more so of the isolated mentally deranged cases and the criminal sexual cases. They likely have not much to do with being caused by religion, but religion (in the sense of those in responsible positions, and the societies in general) can certainly be responsible for letting some of those cases continue.

  • C.L. Honeycutt

    The heck? The usual crybaby trolls have had all morning to show up and explain to us how they missed the point again. Did Jesus return or something?

    • Pseudonym

      Replaced with crybaby trolling about the videos being ignored?

      • JA

        Whiny trolls are better entertainment than 98% of TV programming.

      • C.L. Honeycutt

        Yep! Followed by crybaby trolling about someone noticing an odd break in a pattern. The horror!

  • Guest

    Watching this to learn anything about religion is sort of like learning about Judaism from any of the fine films produced in Germany in the 1930s. I love how modem atheism echoes nothing other than age old bigotry, but without the charm or self-awareness.

    • C.L. Honeycutt

      See my comment below. You’re one of the crybaby trolls who can’t grasp the point. Deal, wah-monster.

      • Guest

        A weak and wimp-laden attempt to cut off debate.

        • C.L. Honeycutt

          If you won’t grasp the point, Pissums, there’s nothing to debate. As long as you keep spewing stupidly like you have all weekend, you’ll be treated as the foot-stomper that you are.

    • Obazervazi

      You can do better than that! Try something more creative.

      • Guest

        Of course I could, but I thought I’d just keep to the facts.

        • https://www.facebook.com/GentleGiantDK GentleGiant

          Funny enough, the video also just kept to the facts. Or are you going to try and convince us that all the stories are “fake liberal ungodly propaganda” like we’ve heard so many times before?
          Also, if you want to be taken serious try the following:
          1) Create a Disqus account. Anonymous drive-by postings doesn’t endear anyone to take you seriously.
          2) Provide evidence for your claims that this is just like Germany in the 1930s. You might also want to avoid comparing anyting to Nazism, unless it’s actually Nazism, as you automatically Godwin the thread in the first post.
          3) Explain how providing evidence of harm committed in the name of religion and/or by supposedly moral religious figures in any way constitutes bigotry.

        • Matt D

          You really should be putting air quotes around the word “facts”, when you use it.

    • Tobias2772

      I think most of us here have learned all that we want to about religion. The videos continue to point out that religion is not just some harmless, quirky little belief that some people have. It is a dangerous way of non-thinking that has devastating real world consequences for millions of people who deserve better. You speak of age old bigotry – I say that is a pretty concise definition of religion.

    • C.L. Honeycutt

      Please don’t think that your lying when you imply you watched the video fools anyone, Pissums.

    • http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/trotsky-assassinated-in-mexico TrotskysMexicanSurprise

      Well i’d rather have real Atheist abiding by the definition of Atheism, than Crypto Jews behind a cloak of fake Atheism as they did in 1917 Russia (up till as late as the 80′s?), hiding behind Bolshevism and the Red “Atheist” Army, resulting in the proxy genocide of 100+ million europeans over the span of 50+ years.

      At least today’s atheist seem to be harmless. More interested in the actual definition of what Atheism is supposed to be, rather than using it as a subversive political element to destroy Christian Monarchy, The Church and the entire innocent surrounding populations.

      It seems these Jewish Atheist whom are accredited with starting 20th century Atheism have been given the boot. As is evident by Mr. Guest sobbing he and his tribe no longer receive special treatment as they once did through 1910-1980.

      It only took the arrogance of the radical blood thirsty zionist cabal to wake the hippy atheist generation up out of their sympathetic jew biased brainwashing.

      This actually gives Modern Atheism credibility in this regard. As in the past, they have always harbored Jews as a protected ‘untouchable’ class. Focusing their collective efforts against all things Christian. Making themselves hypocrites. Destroying any chance of being considered a real intellectual movement who wishes to debate the doctrines of creation against evolutionary science.

  • Mick

    Referring to two girls burned with acid (at the 2’33″ mark) we are told that, “…both girls had been dressed appropriately at the time of the attack.”

    What sort of backhanded message is that supposed to be? The girls would have deserved the attack if they had been dressed differently?

    • Laura D

      I thought exactly the same thing when I saw that. Would the acid attacks have been justified if they had been wearing shorts? Hardly.

    • C Peterson

      I didn’t take it that way, only that even within the sick morality of the local culture they were within, there was no motivation for the acts.

      Although no moral person could ever consider what happened to be justifiable, it is relevant to the story whether the victims were conforming to cultural expectations or were outside them.

  • josh jameson

    Ironic that Cooper was in these clips. I watched EVERY episode of his shows dealing with racism in America after the Travon Martin case. Not one mention…. NOT ONE single mention regarding the most pervasive document on ethics and morality in America. If people truly care about addresssing and reducing and perchance eradicating the constant and increasing body bag count of black people in the US you would think that this should be discussed. Perhaps like this, “despite what some religous preachers and so called experts may tell ya’all there is no innate moral or ethical glitch in people of a dark skin color” There is however evidence that ALL human originated from the same ancestor, and we trust this evidence because it works….

    DNA studies do not indicate that separate classifiable subspecies (races) exist within modern humans. While different genes for physical traits such as skin and hair color can be identified between individuals, no consistent patterns of genes across the human genome exist to distinguish one race from another. There also is no genetic basis for divisions of human ethnicity. People who have lived in the same geographic region for many generations may have some alleles in common, but no allele will be found in all members of one population and in no members of any other.
    I do not know if this was addressed in the Oprah and Forest Whitaker interview. If it was then fine and good. If it was not the shame on all who participated in such a discussion in such craven fashion.