How do I loathe thee, let me count the ways.

My brother sent me this. Ever get asked why you care about religion so much? How do you keep that answer concise?

Get comfortable and then click below the fold.  For the record, my home town of Mountain Home, AR is mentioned in there twice.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Jasper of Maine

    Can’t say I’m proud of my state sometimes.

    • Jasper of Maine

      But! We’re arming up for another round of the gay marriage issue again.

  • smhll

    Wow! Actually you (and the cause) had me at Spanish Inquisition.

  • James Sweet

    Here is the comment I used to accompany this when I reposted it to Facebook:

    I’m sure for some people the response to this is, “But those are just the bad apples… most people of faith aren’t like that at all!”

    Sure, of course that’s true. But you have to remember, for someone like me who thinks it’s all a bunch of baloney, the fact that only SOME of the baloney is poisonous doesn’t exactly make me enthusiastic about it. I’m sure for someone who sees all this harm as an unfortunate side-effect of something that is good and true, it is easier to ignore it.

    But if you thought a certain idea was false, AND that idea had all of these terrible consequences… you just might be strident, outspoken, and occasionally rude about it too!

    • annony

      Well said my friend

    • Itarion

      Of course, when a package of bologna goes bad in just one spot, there is more than one choice. There are three. You can toss it all out, you can cut off the bad bits and eat the rest, or you can eat all of it and hope. The first is recommended, but the second has its merits, too.

  • fwtbc


    Please provide ALT tag descriptions for your images, or at the very least, a description in the body of the post that will make this post actually worthwhile to your blind readers of which you have at least one.


    • TerranRich

      This is a conundrum. The image is basically a vertically-aligned collage of a good hundred or so screenshots of news clippings, pictures, quotes, and other artifacts from the past several decades depicting the various horrible things said by religious people, acts done in the name of various religions, as well as disturbing images of the consequences of religious belief, especially fundamentalism.

      Perhaps the above should be the alt-tag? ;)

      • fwtbc

        Thanks for that.

        Your above description helps and would indeed make a good alt tag for the image.


        • Graham Martin-Royle

          I can’t remember where I came across it but a few years ago I was sent to a site that gave the experience of using a reader designed for blind users of the internet. It certainly made me think about what I put up on the web as it was just about impossible to follow. I wish I could find it again, the more people who realise the problems, the more people will be trying to overcome them. (Sorry if this comes across as a bit disjointed, I’m on a mixture of prescription drugs just now and can’t seem to get myself sorted).

      • Korious

        Not the last couple of decades at all.The majority if not all of these news clippings and articles are within the last 5 or 10 years. It is still horrible.

    • TerranRich

      But you are correct that there should be an alt-tag for as many images as possible. This is considered a necessity for proper web design. Blind people are users, too. :)

      • John Horstman

        It’s the curse of the easy accessibility of blogs: anyone can make a web page now, whether ze’s had training in web design or not. On the plus side, anyone can make a web page. And yes, for people with poor/no vision and also for search engines, alt-tags are always a good idea.

    • TP

      hold down Cntrl and puch + if you can’t read.

      • fwtbc

        Zooming isn’t going to help someone who can’t see at all, and depending on the level of vision and the particulars of one’s impairment, it’s not always just about size, but can be about colour contrast as well, which is why proper textual descriptions are essential.

        Please keep the above in mind before making comments on such topics. I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt and assuming good faith with your comment, which comes across as pretty condescending and insulting.

        • Justin

          I think you misunderstood him. The pictures/articles are REALLY small so its tough to read them. He’s just saying a neat trick to zoom in so people can read all the headlines without squinting.

  • The Lorax

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, this post is a novel and a few sequels…

  • OmniZ

    Is there someplace with links to all these stories? There’s a good half of them I haven’t read. If not, can we crowdsource the making of such a list?

  • 1000 Needles

    Amazing. Between this image and Greta’s book, I’d say the “why are you against religion” question has been definitely answered!

    I hope this image spreads far and wide.

  • http://Facebook Trenton

    Religion: I reject your reality and I’ll embrace my own.

    • brad


      • http://Facebook Trenton

        You should look into Pastafarianism with their stripper factories and beer valcanoes lol.

  • http://Facebook Trenton

    “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.” -Richard Dawkins

    • Zengaze

      And what’s worse is that people love him for it. No wonder or society is so fucked up when you consider who is promoted as be all and end all of role models.

      Meet Yahew the all loving one, who’ll fuck you over forever if you don’t get on your knees and squirm, thank him for your existence, acknowledge that without his presence in your miserable life you would be a horrible disgusting being worthy of contempt. On your knees and beg the big dick for forgiveness for the crime of your greatgreatgreat adfinitum grandmother eve the harlot, the disgusting corrupter of man.

    • Zengaze

      Xtians have a fucked up idea of what love is.

  • Graham Martin-Royle

    And all that is just the tip of the iceberg.

  • Blade

    When I first saw this I looked at the first picture and lingered too long on it, and it popped into my head that those two boys are dead. Really dead. You cannot drive to see them, you cannot speak with them. They are dead, and no longer exist. There is no place to which you can go and find them. They are gone.
    And that’s revolting.
    That’s wrong–on a fundamental and visceral level, that is *wrong*. Unnatural, almost.
    It’s made worse by the fact that I’m a gay teen. Sure, not in Iran–but that headline still hurts and this image is heart-rending. Worse yet is I find them to be rather dashing–I would *love* to meet them.
    But I can’t. They are dead.

    And it’s all downhill from that first picture.

    • Jason

      I totally agree with you, and felt the same way!
      I also am a gay teen and the things that people say, just because of one persons views, is horrible. That should be against the law…all of this inhumaine hate for your own species! It makes me sick, and to be honest, It makes me not want to be an American, or a human at that. The idea that one person is right and that this all is based off the idea that a ‘god’ created everything but homos makes me sick. No one knows the truth and we may never know. So stop your bitching, leave everyone alone. Love yourself and live your life for you.
      Religion is just a way to keep our species under control. Its not 1500. It is 2012. Grow up America. You make me sick

  • Noe

    As an atheist I often hear “why hate religion? Sure there was the Inquisition, but that was years ago! Now it’s harmless, lots of volunteerism, lay off it!”

    The long pause after is all this running through my head.

    Sometimes I just say “do you blame the citizens of Germany in Hitler’s time for letting the Nazi party do what it did?” They always say yes.

    Then I just stare at them. they ever get it so i remind them “don’t forget to pay at church, and seig heil, my friend.”

    I haven’t the energy to deal with this idiocy any longer. When’s the lunar colony or mars colony coming? I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.

    • Bunshin

      Now actually. I forget the date but the mars colony is going to begin construction in a few years. Google it.

  • Trenton

    “In the beginning Santa created the Heavens and the Earth.” Go through any religious text and switch God with anything and they are equally credible.

    Additionally, The underlying concept in religious institutions is that the nature of reality is known. The nature of reality is written in a book or scroll. This writing was originally done, or dictated, or inspired, by a god. Religious institutions are primarily concerned with spreading information about the “known” nature of reality, because in their understanding of reality, that is what they are required to do. Religious “facts” aren’t subject to testing, and in most cases can’t be tested. Religious “facts” are supported by evidence that’s open to interpretation or no evidence at all. Religious “facts” are not reviewed by all religions to reach a consensus.

    Also, there are plenty of Atheists and Agnostics who stopped studying religion due to all of the immoralities from man who used religion for misogynism, racism, homophobia, genocide, polygamy, slavery, historical issues, and many other issues. Hell, you wont see anyone kill in the name of Atheism due to the fact that it’s the absence of belief and it would be like killing for nothing but their own motives.

    In conclusion, I believe that it’s best to question everything, keep up with scientific progression, and simply learn more over shutting our brains down (i.e.

  • Trenton

    Why Pascal’s Wager is idiotic,

  • Trenton

    If you’re interested, here’s a fantastic lecture from one of the 4 Horsemen of New Atheism (Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and “Daniel Dennett”),

  • adamfuehrer

    I read through about half of this then I began to sob deeply. I don’t cry much but this did it.

  • Trenton

    Dear ignorant bigots, here’s some reasons for why homosexuals are hated,

    If you’re going to argue, don’t tell me that your imaginary friend and a literalist interpretation of the tex…t condemns an individual who is primarily the product of biological, cultural, psychological, and many other factors. Also, if you believe that it’s primarily a choice, then you shouldn’t dehumanize someone and you should treat people like they’re “human-beings.”

  • KingUber

    You know that includes a story about an atheist attacking Christians

    • dalilonna

      May I ask which one references atheists attacking Christians? I’ve scanned thru and linked to those I wasn’t certain about, but I cannot find what you are talking about.

  • Greta


  • jennadickinson

    Bahahaha. I love how they say we’re so evil without Christ… Athiests don’t fly airplanes into buildings XD rarely do they bomb things or kill anyone. When they do, it’s not because other people won’t stop believing in God!!! Or, whatever the people may believe in… Why does it always cause problems?! Oh, that’s right, because science proved that people who are religious are brain dead ^_^ <— interesting stuff to know… Just stating my opinion *and facts* without violence, nail me to a cross now, I'm begging for it clearly :D

  • Trenton

    Creationism is a failed science and intelligent design is idiotic. There is no evidence that a deity exists and God is equally credible with Harry Potter, Santa, unicorns, Blues Clues, and Flying Space Moneys. I don’t know if humans can or can’t prove or disprove the existence of deities. The underlying concept in religious institutions is that the nature of reality is known. The nature of reality is written in a book or scroll. This writing was originally done, or dictated, or inspired, by a god. Religious institutions are primarily concerned with spreading information about the “known” nature of reality, because in their understanding of reality, that is what they are required to do. Many Religious “facts” are discredited by scientific progression and are subject to testing, and in some cases they can’t be tested (at the moment). Religious “facts” are supported by evidence that’s open to interpretation or no evidence at all. Religious “facts” are not reviewed by all religions to reach a consensus. Additionally, anyone can be a Christian and a scientist but you can not mix religion with science. However, they need to follow the scientific method and any religious text is not a credible source for science. Religious texts are NOT peer reviewed research and they are not a credible source for information, except for ethics and their imaginary friend. They may believe in whatever the Hell they want but they need to separate their beliefs from science. Science is supported by evidence and belief is based off of hope or for the mentally deranged literalists they’ll use religion for fear-mongering, pedophilia, homophobia, misogynism, racism, genocide, and many other immoral acts.

  • Trenton
  • Milton Burlesque

    I was walking out of my bank one day when a woman asked me, “Do you accept the lord jesus as your personal savior?”. My reply was, “no”. She proceeded to follow me across the parking lot screaming, “Burn in hell, burn in hell.” So much for that love thy neighbor thing. I thought it was funny and a little scary.

  • Justin Bowen

    That’s not very concise…

  • Amanda

    I know I’m only a teenager, and I’m not ‘mature’ enough to understand ‘adult’ conflicts, but we’re all human and some of this articles quite frankly made me sick

  • Michael

    I’m sorry but this article is stupid. I’m not even a theist and I know that not all of them are crazy and insane like you’re trying to paint the picture. You’re being just as bad as them by taking fringe religious figures from the news headlines and proposing that that is every religious person. Not all religious people are bad, just like not all atheists are good. It’s not a black and white issue like you’re trying to paint it as.

    • kcb lx

      I think you’ve missed the point.

    • not michael

      Hey Michael,

      seems you’re a buttmad christian in disguise.

      The point of the article wasn’t to generalize religion. The point of the article was to point out all of the terrible byproducts of religion. If I wanted to generalize religion, I could just say:

      1) Religion opposes education, the one method shown in history to effectively change society for the better.

      2) Pushing the idea of religion supports extremists, unless said religion actively battles against extremism. (which they don’t)

      So, yeah, any religious person in general has some liability to the world for these crimes. But that’s not the point of the article.

      Much love,


  • Kelly

    This makes me sick. I’m an atheist. Should I be shot? I’m very open minded, and I accept that people will always have different beliefs. Why can others not do the same?

    This country (the United States) was founded based on the idea of freedom from religious persecution. I guess that idea’s long gone.