Originally posted by googlefudge
For those wondering what the dangers of believing things without evidence, on faith, are.
For those wondering why rationalists and skeptics spend so much time fighting back against irrational faith based beliefs and stupidity.
You need look no farther than this demonstration of what harm religion does.
What harm there is in believing things based on faith as opposed to reason and evidence.
This is another typical atheist diatribe against the "evils" of religion. The evil you rail against here is the evil of those who would subjugate and control women, whether they be religionists or not, and not just the alleged evil of a religion. Those who would subjugate women in this manner are desperate to justify their lust for control, and so grasp at religion to show that their cause is "directed" by a higher power, when nothing is further from the truth. Even the Catholic Church gets into the act by using religion as their cover story for the mass subjugation of entire ethnic groups.
This is a similar argument against religion as the Crusades and the Inquisition. The evils of both of these do not originate with the religion itself, but with evil men who have been the leadership of the Catholic Church. Yes, religion has as its Achilles' heel leadership by human men who are just as weak as any other man. We must remember that just because an organization has as its leader an evil man, it does not follow that the organization itself is evil.
The harm you mention is not done by religion, but by the lusts and weaknesses of evil men. Too bad atheists can't get past their fearful hate of the organization to see the evil underneath. That should be your target, the evil men who would hide behind religion in order to further their own worldly desires, not the millions of people worldwide who are comforted and soothed by believing in their God.