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?

 


PRAYER - IT HAS KILLED CHILDREN IN THE WARS

A just war is about self-defence and there being no other option.

A just war can't be decided easily. And one can be sure one is in the right and be wrong. So the wagers of war pray about it. Even a just war has to expect the totally unexpected so they simply cannot be sure if it is wise. So they feel if they are not sure that God is working to bring out the best result and make it a just war. Thus prayer opens the door to war and has as good as declared war. In some cases, the leader may feel sure through prayer that he is guided to do the right thing.  Other leaders take a leap and hope for the best and feel that prayer helped them take that leap.

This tells us a number of things:

Religion and prayer are two different but related things. Opposing prayer comes before opposing religion. Religion will then disappear as an indirect result.

The good done by prayer is nothing if it leads to one child dead by soothing warmongering and armies. And it has.

The declaration of war needs more praying than anything else.

On balance, prayer is evil. The looking good it does makes it more evil not less. We must firmly tell people not to pray for us and why.

Objection: "You blame prayer for leaders proclaiming war and correctly state that it is hard to be sure there is a right to declare war.  But what about the wars that prayer averted?  Surely prayer saved the world from being destroyed in nuclear war during the Cuban Crisis?"

Witches cast spells for peace during that time!  You have no right to say that if something magical helped during that time that it was necessarily prayer.  That is just using potential tragedy and the potential death of billions to drive home a religious point.  You don't know if a anything was at work but just chance.  It is best to see it as the luck of having the right people in the right place.

APPENDIX: NOTION THAT LIFE IS A DIVINE GIFT UNDERMINES RESPECT FOR LIFE

If life is a gift from God, then you have the right to choose to return the gift or refuse it. You donít even have to give a reason. A gift is not a gift if you do. Morality is pointless if it cannot tell us why we should tell a person not to commit suicide if they decide to. It clearly cannot and the gift of life doctrine is the reason why. Morality is pointless if it cannot tell us we must not kill ourselves. Suicide is so important that nothing else compares.
 
If God in a sense is morality or the chief reason to be moral then God is useless from the moral perspective. God is not only irrelevant if you have moral worries. God opposes your worries and your desire for a valid morality. We have a duty to find God offensive if morality is real.
 
Prayer to a morally irrelevant God and/or one who undermines it is inherently evil. It may reflect how we tend to prefer good that has a bad side. A terrorist culture will get better treatment among pro-immigrant activist that one that is not. That is that preference at work.

A morality, especially one that is sanctioned or confirmed by God - which only makes it worse if it is bad! - cannot safeguard against war and will destroy us soon.