Religion offers some people a sense of community, oneness and acceptance with like minded individuals, and continued reassurance in their faith or worldview.  Some people will remain lifelong believers, but others will make the often difficult decision to leave.  So why do people choose to leave their religion?  Why do some people eventually doubt their belief system and worldview?  Is it one trigger event, or many?

Found on Reddit (via Pantheos, source below), this user states:  “When people ask why I have a problem with religion, it’s hard to come up with a single answer”  What follows is an infographic – a compilation of damning news headlines and images.

The theme from the infographic (disclosure:  it’s obviously biased against religion) demonstrates a lack of acceptance towards homosexuals and liberals, a hatred towards other religions (and in particular, atheism), a fear and retaliation towards witchcraft and fantasy (in third world countries), a clear anti-science sentiment (for example:  using prayer instead of medical science, or dismissing evolution in favor of Creationism), and suppression of basic freedoms.  Not to mention the seemingly “justified” use of extreme violence when religious law appears to be broken.

So how does one defend the religious based atrocities below?  Do believers relegate the offenders to the fringes of the religion, or do they justify the actions as, “Well, it says so in the [insert religious book]”.

What do you think?

A Few Problems With Religion

Sources: Infographic from Patheos.com.  Header image from Fine Art America.

  • There is really nothing wrong with any religion, the problems lie with the people in those religions.

  • Or it might be that although there are good people and bad people (and all the greys and shades of complexity in between) it takes religion to make good people do bad things as someone once said. More generally one could argue if you have irrational beliefs it can skew your morals and behaviour.