A recent BBC News story says that the end of religion is inevitable, and uses census data and physics to prove it. The irony of this is not lost on me. If accurate, it would also be the death of the root cause of two thousand years of death and horror. From radical Islam, to the extreme religious right in this country, and everything that has come before, religion has kept humanity stunted and ignorant.
Why value this life, or anything in it, when you've some mythical heaven to look forward to?
What I personally resent most is the myth perpetrated by the religious, that in order to be a good person, one must believe in a deity. Or, conversely, that one is evil if they believe in no god.
The greatest evils have been done in the name of god. When reading the bible, it's apparent early on that god is petty, even on human terms, which leads me to believe that the book was written by men. Ignorant, petty men who sought power over others. The same type of men that today, use religion for personal gain.
When legislation regarding uranium mining is enacted by those who believe that the Earth is only 6000 years old, the irony and dangerous ignorance is hard to miss. It's the kind of thing that can get people dead.
Were religion to be replaced by logic and reason, the world would be a better place. After all, decency and altruism are logical concepts.
The lord isn't my shepherd, because I know the ultimate fate of the shepherd's flock.