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Does religion do more harm than good?

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Does religion do more harm than good?

     Most religions teach gospels of peace and love.  Many religious people do wonderful charity work.  Religion can bring joy and comfort.  Abolitionism, the Civil Rights movement, and anti-war activism were all aided by religious leaders (e.g., MLK).



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But religion is often misused to justify bigotry and violence.
Religious texts (e.g., the Old Testament and the Koran) contain passages celebrating war and endorsing violence towards non-believers. Furthermore, religious teachings often promote superstition and fanaticism.

Fundamentalist religion in America empowered destructive conservatism. Islamic fundamentalism has led to repressive regimes and to terrorism. Orthodox Judaism in Israel encouraged mistreatment of Palestinians.

Does religion do more harm than good?

Not Sure
Religion is essential to a loving life and to a moral society.
Overall, religion does more good than harm. But it can be misused.
Religion does about as much harm as good. 50-50.
Overall, religion does more harm than good but it's not all bad.
Most religion is superstitious nonsense that by far does more harm than good.

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