The road to evil on this earth is paved with good intentions.

Every single parent in this video loved their child as sincerely as you or I would, or do, love our children.  They wanted their children to be well.

Good intentions are insufficient to keep a person from being a monster.  A responsible person must work to make sure he does not hold inaccurate beliefs in order to prevent their good intentions from getting twisted.  This is the failure of each and every religion: telling people it’s ok to be unreasonable.

And every Christian who is charitable while also advancing faith as a virtue?  They’re part of the problem.  Their charity is not an issue, their spreading the idea that faith is a virtue is something that must be fought in them just as fiercely as in fundamentalists.  That’s our message to fundamentalists: you’re wrong, and the nice Christians are just as wrong.  We should not focus on telling religious people to be wrong in the less malicious way, we should be telling them they need to treat their beliefs like their accuracy matters.

And what’s more, it’s not just he cases in this video – there is no situation in which prayer, when something else could be done, is not neglect.

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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.