Yes, much good is done in the name of religion but history shows that wedding religion with power results in ignorance and tyranny. I feel that, while there are some who would do anything they could get away with if they didn't believe in God, that would not be true for the vast majority of people, assuming a fair degree of prosperity. Revolutions never begin during prosperous times. Agnostics and atheists, for now at least, are among the better educated people in our country and that is reflected in the fact that, by all secular standards, they are also among our best citizens.
The most ignorant among us are going overseas to preach foolishness to the even more ignorant, resulting in disease, unwanted pregnancy, witch hunts, casting out of "demons," and the torture, even murder, of supposedly possessed individuals, even children.
My feeling is that although there may be a small downside the truth, as best as reason and observation can determine, is always preferable to superstition and ignorance. --Dan
Sent: Wed, Mar 20,[masked]:40 am
Subject: Re: Americans Losing Religion, Right Wing Causing Havoc In Third World
That's a great counter-question to the oft-repeated lament of whether America can survive losing its religion.
On Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 12:24 AM, Dan
Subject: Americans Losing Religion, Right Wing Causing Havoc In Third World
One has to wonder if civilization can survive its widespread embrace of radicalism. --Dan