“Why must you shove your disbelief onto other people’s faces? Why can’t you just let us believe whatever we want? I don’t see why you care so much and write so much about something which you do not believe in! Everyone has the right to believe what they want, just don’t impose your beliefs/disbelief onto us.”
It is one thing to preach, but another thing to practice.
It matters to me as a humanist, because Religion imposes it’s beliefs and morals on me in the form of laws or customs. Bans on abortion, that homosexuals who love one another are not allowed to marry, ban of contraceptives, having every public school children, regardless of their beliefs, say the pledge “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one Nation under God,indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” and many more.
It matters to me as a humanist, because Religion acts to stifle funding for progression in science and technology. For example, religious institutions are pushing to prohibit stem cell research, which is one of the most promising medical fields known to us today. Religion is trying to remain relevant by discrediting scientific fact in order to dupe people into believing their religion. (Theory of evolution, the actual age of the Earth etc.)
It matters to me as a humanist, it matters because it imposes all sorts of psychological turbulence on it’s members. The feeling of being watched all the time, for being judged every time they sin, the guilt and feelings of worthless without god. I am nothing without god, without god my life has no meaning, I am a sinner, I am not worthy.
It matters to me as a humanist because Religion cages children’s minds with indoctrination. In whichever religious faith you just so happen to be born in, one would have been taught about the religion, the dogma, the values and customs from a young age. Teaching religion to an adult is handwork but teaching a specific religion to a susceptible trusting child who is still learning about the world is easy. And what’s wrong with that is that it takes away the child’s freedom of choice by presetting this fundamental way of thinking. Furthermore, many people have revealed great emotional scars caused by religious indoctrination and the fear of hell. Imagine the guilt endured by a child who thinks his atheist grandfather is in hell burning in fire for eternity, or the guilt he is tormented by because he likes a person of the same gender etc.Religion is a way to control children and the effects of it can carry through to their adult lives.
It matters to me as a humanist, because religion is divisive, minorities are actively discriminated against in supposedly public institutions. As long as you are of a different religion or share a different set of values or morality, you will be judged. Take for instance, the boy scouts – a tax-payer funded institution – which do not allow atheists to take part in it’s program.
It matters to me as a humanist, because people are being taught that faith is a good thing. That as long as you believe strongly in something, it does not matter what the others say, that something is a fact if you treat it like a fact. Religion reinforces the idea that we do not have a burden to prove our claim. And if god told us to kill our family, bomb buildings, it dos not have to be justified, because I just have to believe in god. And since god is all loving, and he has a perfect plan, I should just do as he say.
It matters to me as a humanist because people treat absurd stories as historical facts in spite of the lack or contrary evidence. Religion gives credibility to the idea that invisible worlds are real, more real and important than the visible one. It gives credibility to the idea that our seriously biased personal intuition is more trustworthy than logic or verifiable evidence. It gives credibility to the idea that religious beliefs, alone among all other ideas, should be beyond criticism; that the very act of questioning religion is inherently intolerant.