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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
       1% from 2 votes  
Religion is essential to a loving life and to a moral society.
       2% from 5 votes  
Overall, religion does more good than harm. But it can be misused.
       11% from 23 votes  
Religion does about as much harm as good. 50-50.
       3% from 7 votes  
Overall, religion does more harm than good but it's not all bad.
       23% from 49 votes  
Most religion is superstitious nonsense that by far does more harm than good.
       60% from 130 votes  

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One could also argue that secularism (or humanity ... by Don Smith on Tuesday, Feb 1, 2011 at 12:51:22 PM
To replace religion with politics and/or science a... by Ned Lud on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 7:23:26 AM
in my Catholic family. It denigrated my mom and ca... by Daniel Geery on Tuesday, Feb 1, 2011 at 3:00:34 PM
Daniel, that was well put, and I'm sure many peopl... by E. J. N. on Tuesday, Feb 1, 2011 at 4:53:21 PM
I'm giving you a hearty recommend, Daniel.The chip... by Ned Lud on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 7:30:35 AM
"Spirituality is another thing, but how do you def... by Bill Cain on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 3:47:36 PM
I totally understand about being Catholic: being b... by Rev. Dan Vojir on Thursday, Feb 3, 2011 at 1:54:59 AM
We have an eight month old Goldendoodle, smarter t... by Daniel Geery on Thursday, Feb 3, 2011 at 3:20:25 AM
Don identifies the problem quite well, because it ... by E. J. N. on Tuesday, Feb 1, 2011 at 4:35:34 PM
In many cases, religion is more of an excuse for v... by Richard Pietrasz on Tuesday, Feb 1, 2011 at 5:02:13 PM
His solution - which most find too strong for thei... by Dan Chance on Tuesday, Feb 1, 2011 at 5:45:10 PM
are you talking about?... by Daniel Geery on Tuesday, Feb 1, 2011 at 9:13:56 PM
the one he pays fealty to, obviously. ... by J. Edward Tremlett on Tuesday, Feb 1, 2011 at 10:10:36 PM
...a God who could make good children as easily a ... by Daniel Geery on Tuesday, Feb 1, 2011 at 11:22:26 PM
You make some formidable points. I would like to o... by Peter Duveen on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 8:09:04 AM
and need to respect one another. I certainly respe... by Daniel Geery on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 10:25:47 AM
Dan, what i was trying to do was to address the sp... by Peter Duveen on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 2:34:38 PM
Peter, as Dan also stated, I respect you as a huma... by Stan Brooks on Friday, Jul 1, 2011 at 3:11:21 PM
Has it ever occurred to you that maybe things are ... by J. Edward Tremlett on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 2:28:51 PM
Teaching elementary school for 20 years, I would p... by Daniel Geery on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 3:10:16 PM
You'd have to take that up with Mr. Twain. ... by J. Edward Tremlett on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 5:22:11 PM
"Have you ever wondered if maybe we weren't put he... by Daniel Geery on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 5:32:16 PM
Go re-read what you quoted. Then re-read what I as... by J. Edward Tremlett on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 7:16:47 PM
Along with your bio, wherein, you say, " Please be... by Daniel Geery on Thursday, Feb 3, 2011 at 3:11:14 AM
Maybe you could answer the questions I put to you.... by J. Edward Tremlett on Friday, Feb 4, 2011 at 7:49:42 AM
supposed to be any way. Life generally turns out t... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Feb 4, 2011 at 8:58:19 AM
I'm sorry, I thought you were actually seeking to ... by J. Edward Tremlett on Friday, Feb 4, 2011 at 5:56:26 PM
no value. They are generally written by morons. ... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Feb 4, 2011 at 7:18:14 PM
Daniel, that's the big question, because most peop... by E. J. N. on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 6:58:59 PM
Your question about God is justifiable, considerin... by E. J. N. on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 9:56:21 PM
Look at all the poor who gave them their money. Va... by Debbie S on Tuesday, Feb 1, 2011 at 5:48:49 PM
"THOU SHALT NOT CREATE ORGANIZED RELIGIONS IN MY N... by Jay Farrington on Tuesday, Feb 1, 2011 at 6:45:35 PM
Is this original with you? It doesn't show up in ... by Don Smith on Thursday, Feb 3, 2011 at 12:46:44 AM
I guess it is original with me since I never heard... by Jay Farrington on Thursday, Feb 3, 2011 at 6:08:19 PM
What would the world look like without religion? S... by Peter Duveen on Tuesday, Feb 1, 2011 at 9:08:41 PM
it just might look like the paradise that it could... by Daniel Geery on Tuesday, Feb 1, 2011 at 9:16:28 PM
But...Didn't our country kill Indians? Stole their... by Debbie S on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 11:13:10 AM
One crucial point that is rarely considered when c... by Paul Harris on Tuesday, Feb 1, 2011 at 10:00:47 PM
... but the poll numbers are skewing just as I tho... by J. Edward Tremlett on Tuesday, Feb 1, 2011 at 10:12:15 PM
I have spent hundreds of hours in the last 10 year... by Robert Tracey on Tuesday, Feb 1, 2011 at 11:36:54 PM
Your notion of God is like Brahman: inherent divin... by Don Smith on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 12:19:07 AM
A generic question like this is pointless. Are all... by David Ashton on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 12:22:13 AM
While religiosity in most sane countries has been ... by Warren Pease on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 3:29:40 AM
In just a guy with opinions. But I think it makes... by Perry Logan on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 5:25:59 AM
And a poor proofreader.... by Perry Logan on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 5:28:06 AM
and you got a nice face. :)your friend,Ned Lud... by Ned Lud on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 7:36:02 AM
The yellow background color you choose for your co... by Don Smith on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 6:25:11 PM
I see that most people on this site see religion a... by Philip Pease on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 10:33:20 AM
PhilipThough I agree that there is some wisdom in... by patricia win on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 12:49:02 PM
My spiritual journey is about questions rather th... by Jody Walker on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 9:49:00 PM
The organized Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christ... by E. J. N. on Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011 at 9:53:04 PM
That we have some really severe problems in this c... by Sherwin Steffin on Friday, Feb 4, 2011 at 9:42:12 AM
The notion of giving worship to the Great Omnipote... by Douglas Ellsworth on Monday, Mar 14, 2011 at 4:35:20 AM
No mate, it comes from knowing who the Great Omnip... by David Ashton on Monday, Mar 14, 2011 at 10:03:14 PM
Alas, it's too late now. Perhaps in this poll I sh... by Don Smith on Sunday, Feb 6, 2011 at 6:49:39 PM
The harm religion commits does not come from the s... by Philip Greene on Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011 at 8:15:18 AM
Christianity is one of the bloodiest religions eve... by Joni Greever on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 3:32:56 PM
One thing that is dangerous is ignorance, which is... by David Ashton on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 1:43:41 AM

 
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