I've numerous times said we ought to be tolerant of gay persons and others who walk the road less traveled. At the same time, I've had self-doubts about my hypocrisy that I'm intolerant of religion. I finally have an answer. I can say religion is the vilest creation of man, and I am not being intolerant. Let me tell you why.
What is religion? I mean, really, what is it? A system of beliefs to describe our world. Religion is science, but without logic, reason, and facts. Moreover, religion and science differ substantially. Science is rigid; if it is bent too far it breaks, and we must find a new answer. Religion is not rigid; whatever argument is made against it, theists state, "Nope. I have proof in this book." I say this, not because religion changes when new facts become known, but because it uses indoctrination to completely avoid being bent.
What exactly is it I am against? Christianity and Islam are vile religions. They're outdated and hateful, but are treated as though they were not authored by primitive minds. I cannot comprehend how some human beings can take it on faith and then actually support it. If God hates "fags", why does that make "fags" evil? If you ask me, it makes God evil, because he punishes people for a victimless "crime". Intelligent people realize that, while homosexuality might not be the norm or purpose of our reproductive organs, being gay is not a choice and it is not morally wrong. It isn't a perversion of God's perfect creation, and it won’t weaken the concept of marriage. People who claim this infuriate me, because it's obvious they're so wrong, but they'll never change their minds. Why they won't ever change their minds is why against religion.
It's because religion has the ability not to break when it's bent, so its narrow views remain over thousands of years. Christians can't see things rationally, as everything has to relate to God and God is the ultimate decider of right or wrong, even when it's blatantly clear he is utterly vile. Theists have no critical thinking, at least not regarding their religion, which is highly dangerous.
I am pro-choice, when it comes to religion. If someone finds Christianity to be the truth for which they've been seeking... Well, they may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but they're entitled to their own decisions. What I hate about religion—and this is my justification for being a hypocrite who preaches tolerance, but does not tolerate religion—is how religion brainwashes children into believing whatever narrow views said religion holds dear. If an adult chooses to be Christian, it's fine. If they're a bigot, that's not fine. Religious freedom is a positive thing; it gives the right not to be religious. But to brainwash kids from an early age? Telling them over and over again that this is the truth? That's something I find reprehensible. It is morally wrong and it corrupts humanity. Nature is mighty, but so is nurture. If we're told from childhood that "fags" are evil, many will think so when they grow up.
Religion has always sought to control minds, to hide the truth with cloak and dagger, to slow the progress of humanity. The greedy church may have been disarmed, but remnants remain. I will never let my future children be ruined intellectually, by having all authority figures preach one truth—a truth that's obviously a lie, but not to a child. There is merely one question we must ask in our acceptance of all aspects of mankind: At what point does religion become insanity?