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    I reject categorically your assertion that hatred of religion is a result of "bad experiences with it."

    I'm an atheist who was raised in a loving household. I often joke that I have the only functional family I know. My parents have been married 64 years, still happy together through thick and thin.

    My brothers and I went to church every Sunday. One Sunday when I was about 8, the nice lady in the Sunday School class told us this story about a great flood and an ark and how two of every animal got on a big boat.

    I thought (to myself) "that couldn't have happened."

    Instant atheist.

    It took me a while to work through all of the implications of that, to be sure. But at no time and in no way did I ever have a "bad" experience with religion.

    Do I "hate" religion? Oh yes. I hate the extraordinary and undeserved privileges afforded religious leaders. I hate the tax breaks for parsonages, the tax forgiveness for property owned by churches. I hate that religions coerce people into handing over hard-earned dollars that could be used to pay the mortgage or get kids clothed for school. I hate the undeserved respect religious leaders get in the halls of power. I hate that pedophile priests can hide behind the skirts of the rat-bastard Ratzinger and apparently get away with their crimes. I hate the religions that tell people they can't love who they want to love or marry who they want to marry (even though my own ox is in no way being gored by that particular bit of bigotry).

    Oh, there are many, many things to hate about religion. One does not need to have a "bad experience" in order to hate religion. One only needs to open one's eyes.


    The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it -- GB Shaw

    by kmiddle on Wed Aug 18, 2010 at 09:58:57 AM PDT

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    •  I agree with you completely. (6+ / 0-)

      I just want to add, though, that a hatred of religious priviledge and corrupt religious institutions does NOT imply, at least for me, a hatred of religious people.  Being religious does not automatically make one aware of, nor consciously complicit in the evils of religion.  I aspire to do onto the religious as I would have them do unto me.  

      I agree that most people are not Atheists because they "hate God" or had a bad experience with religious people.  I want to produce this series to dispell this kind of notion.  I acknowledge that I, and some other Atheists probably have similar misperceptions or broad brush assumptions about theists that I, for one, would like to disabuse myself of.  I have asked the commentor to contribute a diary in this vain and look forward to furthering understaning in this forum.

      "Religion allows people by the millions to believe things, that only a crazy person could believe on their own." -Sam Harris

      by XNeeOhCon on Wed Aug 18, 2010 at 10:29:33 AM PDT

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      •  Only those who profit by religion... (3+ / 0-)
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        at the expense of others.

        THOSE people, I hate.

        The worst are the "prosperity gospel" televangelists. They are literally bilking the gullible and the vulnerable for their own self-aggrandizement.

        The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it -- GB Shaw

        by kmiddle on Wed Aug 18, 2010 at 10:56:04 AM PDT

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