Some religious organizations, and religious people, do wonderful work in our society. Religion also is the source of some of the cruelest most hurtful ideas imaginable. One is that a person’s, or group’s, suffering happens because of sins they have committed.
This idea has its origins in both Christian and Jewish faiths. Its enthusiasm with some Jews can be matched by that of some Christians.
The link between religion and abuse surely must be one reasons religion does not caputre everyone in our society. Sometimes people in abusive marriages leave, so also in religion.
Slavery and segregation was based on the Bible. That is, God did not condemn slavery, said some groups are inferior to others and said the races should not intermarry.
It’s now been transferred to same sex attractions. If you are attracted to the same sex, that is your fault and you are a sinner destined to hell, the faith tells us. And, we all know of believers who blame storms and illnesses on the sins of the victims.
When Christians or Jews say to nonbelievers, “Where do you get your moral values?” it is fair to wonder the same thing about believers. How could believers be proud of this practice of blaming people who are blameless, sometimes even helpless?
This is not to say nonbelievers, as a group, are better people as a group than religious people. But, there is one difference. Nonbelievers do not have a faction who blames disease, random events and storms on the victims.
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