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
PROPER RELATIONSHIP OF CHURCH AND STATE

The people should be well educated and informed and they should make the decisions for how their representatives shall run the state.
 
The state must stop protecting the notions of marriage and free will for they are basically religious propositions though they are sometimes dressed up as secularised. The laws of human beings cannot oblige you to keep your wedding promises Ė they canít bind you to your spouse so only a God can so marriage is intrinsically religious. Only a miracle could tell us that we have free will for dogs feel free and that is why they are happy but they donít have free will so free will presupposes a miracle working God that enables us to have free will.

Religion must not seek to impose its eccentric, surplus and begrudging ethics an example of which is that sex before marriage is wrong even when no harm will ensue on the state. Religion may talk to those who make the laws but it has no right to seek a privileged influence over the law of the land. The law can and should act as if there is no God and no religion is true. That is as near as it can get to pleasing everybody. The feelings of the rational have to come before the feelings of the irrational when only one faction can be pleased.
 
Religion should be a private affair. People like us who believe that religion is offensive and harmful should not be harassed by seeing religious statues in public places, by prayer in schools and by public displays of faith.

People should not be persecuted for not believing what we believe for error is a disorder that needs help not censure and angry responses. Every religion has doctrines that offend others so blasphemy laws should be abolished and the division and condemnation of harmless things that religion is behind proves that the state should take no notice of religious eccentricities. Instead when a person mocks God before religionists with intent to spark off mayhem that person should be charged with disturbing the peace but not with blasphemy. Otherwise if people are offended when God is mocked that is their problem and it is up to them to prove that he should not be. Reason is more important than God even if there is a God and they do not mind it being mocked and insulted and maligned.

Religion should not be tax-exempt. Religion is not a charity for it is not needed. Only what can prove that its message is the truth could have the right but religion cannot manage that. Do not give the Church any money to pay its clergy, maintain its Churches and publish its ideas. Pay charity instead. The Church is not a charity and should not be taking money that charity should get.

We have to let religion be free because people cannot help what they believe and it is up to us to cure them if they are wrong and if they want to be cured and you cannot make people learn who don't want to learn.
 
Church and state must be separated for the state should be run without the unnecessary rules that religion has. However, in a case of conflict the state comes first for it represents all the people and runs the nation and has to have an unprejudiced view of right and wrong that is not influenced by religious superstition and its job is to guard the people not religion. The state has the right to ask religion to drop evil doctrines or at least to stop spreading them. Information and good example and the promise of happiness and inner peace without God and religion are better antidotes to religion than persecution and history bears witness to that.
 
Does religion have the right to discriminate against people? For example, should the law force the Catholic Church to ordain women? Some say that private organisations do have this right. But if people are equal then you cannot say that because the whole point of saying it is to get people treated equally. It would be unfair to let the Catholic Church discriminate and the law should be about protecting equality and not religion for equality has to do with individual persons and religion is about something that people set up. If people come first then religion does not. The state comes before the Church for it cannot be done without. Then the civil law should dominate Church affairs. This amounts to dominating a few leaders for most of their own followers resent the power they claim and seek.
 
Religion should have complete freedom in the press but warnings and refutations should be attached to its books or at least where to get the warnings and refutations for it is provably wrong and strangles much goodness and all books that claim to be fact should make it possible for one to check them out. People who have been deceived and damaged by their religion should sue their gurus.
 
The state must let people say and print what they want no matter how nasty it is but just make sure that access to warnings and other healthier perspectives is easy. That way nobody will be tricked if what is being said is very wrong and nobody will have any business blaming what was said if they start a riot.