The Harm Caused by Religion in 2015

What harm did religious belief cause in 2015?

Reddit user Dargo200 compiled a long, illustrated list. Let’s just say you’ll have to scroll down for a while until you reach the end of it.

Here’s a glimpse:

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The Twisted Theology Behind Why Mormons Don’t Drink Coca-Cola

A lot of Mormons don’t drink Coca-Cola — or any other caffeinated beverages — because they believe it’s forbidden under their faith. But NPR recently spoke with a Mormon historian to figure out why that’s the case. Is soda really banned? If so, what’s the rationale?

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What they point out is that no such ban actually exists. And it’s fascinating to see why many Mormons think there’s one in effect, and why that belief still persists:

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Meat Processing Plant Fires 190 Muslim Employees Over Prayer Dispute

A meat processing plant in Fort Morgan, Colorado has fired around 190 Muslim workers, mostly Somali immigrants, after they walked off the job, protesting that the employer wouldn’t allow them time to pray.

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The strike at Cargill Meat Solutions began on December 21, a few days after employees were allegedly told by a supervisor, “If you want to pray, go home.” After three consecutive days of not calling or showing up, strikers were fired. The workers are being represented by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in an effort to negotiate their jobs back and waive the company’s policy of not rehiring any terminated employee within six months of departure.

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This is Why I Joined the Church of Scientology as a Teenager

Chris Shelton spent 27 years in the Church of Scientology before finally coming to his senses and leaving. It’s been three years now since he left and he’s doing everything he can to make sure no one else makes the same mistake.

His new book detailing his experience within the organization is called Scientology: A to Xenu: An Insider’s Guide to What Scientology is All About:

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In the excerpt below, Shelton talks about what drew him to the Church in the first place:

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A Year Later, Charlie Hebdo Marks Massacre Anniversary with Provocative Cover

It was January 7 last year when radical Muslims barged into the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris and killed twelve people. This week, as one year passes since that awful day, the satirical publication is marking the tragedy with a special cover. It features a God-like figure armed with a weapon. The headline roughly translates to, “One year later: The assassin is still at large.”

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