Originally posted by FreakyKBH
What do you consider the single most offensive aspect of the theistic world's belief system?
I can't say I find superstitious people's beliefs "offensive" in and of themselves ~ even quite extreme and prejudiced opinions are, in most cases, harmless and talking points only ~ but when religious beliefs result in actions that have damaging or even dangerous impacts on others, I can certainly be concerned.
For example, last week I was working with some people who are trying to change people's thinking, community by community, regarding male doctors being permitted to help women to give birth, which is regarded by the devout as being haram
, or forbidden by God.
This belief - which can be strictly adhered to in conservative Muslim communities - results in deaths when pregnant women or women who have just given birth bleed out and die or babies die in difficult birth situations because a female doctor or midwife (as is often the case) was not available. It's just an example.
I find aspects like this "of the theistic world's belief system" to be very troubling, as do quite a lot of Muslims it should be said: superstition leading to acts that harm others. I'm not sure the word "offensive" fits the bill, though.