Carl Mather lets rip on religion:
Religions promote elitism, xenophobia, intolerance, ignorance and fascism (n. a governmental system with strong centralised power, permitting no opposition or criticism, controlling all affairs, etc.).
Religions encourage slavery, torture, murder, and unquestioning obedience to rulers, i.e. the church.
Carl doesn’t provide any evidence to support his assertions and just throws them out there as if they were self-evident truths. His article is a convenient exercise in shallow-thinking that can be summarised like this: in the past most people were religious, and therefore religion is responsible for all atrocities committed in the past. Convenient, but bollocks nevertheless.
I have to make a special mention of Chris’ assertion that religion breeds fascism. What a load of utter crap! Fascist were vehemently anti-religious. Mussolini was “fiercely anti-Catholic”. As a student activist in Switzerland he made a name for himself by offending devout Christians. In “Liberal Fascism” Jonah Goldberg writes that Il Duce’s favourite trick was to publicly dare God to strike him dead if He existed. German Nazis were so hostile to religion they sent thousands of Christian priests to concentration camps. In fact Mather’s article is exactly the sort of anti-religious propaganda that would make any fascist proud.
He also has this little gem:
History clearly shows that any society that relies on religion for moral guidance hastily plummets into barbarism.
I can think about a couple of such barbaric societies: Communist Russia, Maoist China, Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy… None were religious – all either atheist or openly hostile to religion.
It is trully astounding how little thinking the so-called “thinking people” actually do…