The historic record of religion isn’t pretty. From Salem, Massachusetts in the 1690’s to the Olympians in Munich to 9/11, Paris, San Bernardino the World Trade Center, the COLE, to Teheran, The Thirty Years’ War, The Holy Inquisition, the Crusades, the Muslim Conquests. And so on and so forth, ad infinitum. Each day brings evidence of quasi-pathological faith-derangement even among members of our ruling class, and not just the GOP, despite the monumental, universe-explaining things like Euclids 13 geometry books that he wrote in 283 BC up to the recent discovery of the Higgs Boson, and the mapping of the human genome, darkness stalks the land and ill fare the people.

The prevailing view is that religion is harmless even if it is delusional. That turns out to be false. America is the most religious country of those studied in the developed world. America also has the biggest problems in terms of things like homicide, juvenile and early adult mortality, STD infection rates, teen pregnancy, and abortion. the connection of religion with good things must be balanced with the connections to bad things.

Books that try to provide insight on issues related to the sky Gods, the Supernatural and other seemingly impossible quandrys are: “Fighting God”, by David Silverman, “The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins, “God is not Great” by Christopher Hitchens, “Why there is no God” by Armin Nevabi, “50 popular beliefs that people think are true” by Guy P. Harrison, “The Invention of Religion” by Alexander Drake, “Why I’m Not a Christian” by Richard Carrier, “Nonbeliever Nation” by David Niose, “Atheism for Dummies” by Dale McGowan, “The End of Christianity” by John Loftus, “The Atheist Universe” by David Mills, “Nailed” by David Fitzgerald, “The God Argument” by A.C. Grayling, “Godless” by Dan Barker, “God is not Great” by Christopher Hitchens, “Freethinkers” by Susan Jacoby, “Moral Combat” by Sikivu Hutchinson, “The Religion Virus” Craig A. James, “American Fascists” by Chris Hedges, “Doubt” by Jennifer Michael Hecht, and “Society Without God” by Phil Zuckerman.
Not many people want to defame religion but famous people =have been put on trial for their comments supposedy about religion. Brigitte Bardot, Geert Wilders and others faced jail for what they said.
European nations don’t have a First Amendment to protect speech, many European nations have passed laws to criminalize the speech of their citizens to protect the feelings of religious people by punishing speakers. In Europe, a conviction for hate speech could even result in an actual prison term. Unfortunately, the truth of the statement under question rarely matters in a hate speech trial. this is dangerous territory and it’s shown some following in America. Believers can be rabid about it.

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