Do we prevent somebody being hurt by superstition or faith by rejecting and challenging those things? 

Is it mistaken to support organised religion in membership or donations?

If people do good because they are human, not because God prompts them then is it right to risk giving God any credit when they alone own their good?

 


  Gospel of Atheism
1 Salvation by atheism
2 What is self-esteem?
3 Why is self-esteem important?
4 How to love yourself
5 You want to be happy
6 You can be happy
7 To love yourself means loving yourself alone ultimately
Fear is the father of evil
9 Nobody makes you unhappy but you
10 Let happiness come just pave the way and trust yourself
11 Be easy to please and life will be better
12 You just need to see your worth
13 Egoism is the way to go!
14 Distracted selfishness is your salvation
15 See that you are not a sinner
16 Be your own person
17 Only God you need is you!
18 You have a will but it is not free in the religious sense
19 Proof that there is no free will and we don't really want it
20 Belief in fate is not really that bad
21 Liberation and guilt the gospel of atheism
22 Forgiveness in the popular sense is a snare!
23 Hatred in disguise the gospel of atheism overcomes it
24 The importance of evidence and why probability not possibility is what counts
25 Using reason correctly means protecting yourself correctly
26 There is no God - be your own God
27 Show the oppressive God belief the door!
28 Belief in God thrives on attacking your self-regard
29 Why it is inhuman to condone God's often cruel plan
30 Religion is fanatical superstitious and therefore harmful
31 Why prayer offends against decency
32 Why it is bad to believe in revelation
33 Miracles are a toxic belief
34 Fast inner transformation for the atheist
35 Don't expect too much
35 Affirming atheism in a positive way
37 Humanist meditation - transforming your inner self
38 Feeling that life is meaningful
39 On optimism - the atheist and mature optimism
40 Why there is danger and irresponsibility in the afterlife doctrine
41 Telling the difference between right and wrong
42 Being fair
43 On value on human life
44 Can an egoist be a martyr for others?
45 Animal rights
46 Ways of being complicit in society's evil
47 Lying and stealing
48 Gossip is a plague
49 The need for social regulation
50 Proper relationship of church and state
51 The value of education
52 The evil of marriage
53 How to have a happy love life
54 Erotica is harmless and to be enjoyed
55 The bare essentials of atheism
56 About Humanism
57 Humanism is not a religion or a faith position
58 Atheists here are the rules if you want them!
59 Being an atheist or humanist in a religious world
60 Making friends for humanist atheism
61 How we must spread the good news of atheistic humanism
62 The end goal of atheistic humanism
63 Ultimate truth - the theorems of atheistic humanism
THE NEED FOR CRIME CONTROL
 
Making criminals pay is about protecting the rest of us by safeguarding the law for if there is no price for breaking the law then the law is a law in name only and is not a law at all. It is really offering an incentive to wickedness.
 
The amount of suffering that has been consciously inflicted has to be inflicted in return but in such a way that maximising the chances that the criminal will reform is ensured. It would be evil to jail a person and not try to reform them and teach them right and wrong for jail is meant to stop crime as well as be a place where criminals pay their debt. The paying and the rehabilitation part are equally important. The paying always helps the subconscious mind of the criminal feel that some compensation has been made so it is necessary to help the criminal’s dignity and to save him from his subconscious self.
 
When you take a life you have to pay for it for the rest of your life for you have taken the victim's days. The reason a young person can still be jailed for life for killing an old person instead of being jailed for the maximum years the victim could have lived to see is because the person was killed for being a person and not just because he was old.
 
Punishment is hurting a person because you believe they did wrong freely and were not programmed and you want to pay them back. It is hurting them over the presumption of free will which is evil for you are more sure they can suffer than you are that they are free so punishment and revenge and hate are one and the same thing even if the perpetrators of punishment don't realise it. In short, I am saying that punishing people because of free will is committing a grave wrong against them for that is what it is meant to be.
 
We do not believe in punishment but we believe in doing much the same thing as punishing except we know it as crime control. Crime control is not about revenge or retribution for there is no free will but is about keeping up the law.

Criminals break the law of society and have to pay the debt for it. Only they can pay it so fines paid by friends can no longer do unless the criminal will have to pay them back. Criminals should not get their sentence reduced because of good behaviour they have always been bad they are probably bluffing and the logic would be that if a murderer saves a life in jail he should be instantly freed. If they had been civil up to the crime and after, that means they are very sneaky. The sneaky person is worse than the person who openly does evil for the latter at least lets you see what they are like. This law that the sentence that is meted out in court should not be cut makes people think twice.

When you steal or harm another wrongly you have to make amends or restitution as far as you are able and as fast as you can. A person who steals and says they are sorry can't be really sorry if they are keeping what they took instead of returning it. You have to make compensation not only for what you took but also for the sorrow you caused.

We forbid the concealment of crime for that is just rewarding the crime. Persons should be reported unless you are sure they will not do it again and intend to make amends. If the crime is heinous like rape or murder it should be reported if reporting will not cause at least equally bad trouble. Some will claim that they committed a crime because they had had a hard time and were angry at the world. We believe them but that does not excuse letting them off scot-free.

It is no business of ours or God's what a person who commits a crime is like inside for their bad motives need not harm us or him so all that matters is discouraging the person's bad actions for you can want to do bad without ever doing it. Those who hurt do so because they have been hurt so judging them encourages fear the root of evil. Judging encourages them to do evil for it makes them afraid of being judged and condemned. Doing that is watering the seeds of vengefulness in them. Judging causes us to hurt ourselves by unnecessarily giving fear and unpleasant feelings an infusion of power. Just observe what wrongdoers do and if it is dangerous and you have the right to stop it then do so. Remember the same rule applies for the evil that you do yourself. Do not judge yourself and just see the evil that is in you but do not condemn yourself because of it. If they tell us that they committed a crime deliberately then we must treat them as if we know they did but that is not the same as judging them. We make them pay for the crime not because we want them to suffer but because we want to keep society safe. The important thing is that we stop people harming others, not judging them as personally bad. To take comfort in the notion of a God who will punish his and your enemies is truly horrible and vindictive.