Sometimes, you hear people argue that religion is good because it makes people feel good. Basically, what we are saying is that we'd rather have a comforting lie than the discomforting truth. And we apparently ought to make decisions based on the lie, because we can't argue against anything that makes people feel good. Right? Sigh. Double sigh. And triple sigh.
Why do we need such specific religion to comfort us? I'm an agnostic atheist, which is what most, if not all, atheists are, or at least should be. We cannot say if there is a deity or not. We can't say how, or why, the universe was created; we can theorize and find evidence to support our theories, but several mysteries of the universe may never be unlocked. Having learned about Christianity, seeing what Christians do and say, and currently reading the Bible (SPOILER: it makes no fucking sense), I can say with relative certainty that Christianity is complete bullshit. Yes, there is no direct proof against the Christian dictator named God, but there are many plot holes in the Bible, both in regards to the story itself and more importantly to the science of which we are sure, like evolution and the age of the Earth. With logic and critical thinking, we can see that Christianity is one big, fat, fucking lie.
Now, one thing I'd like to bring up is marijuana. I can't say I’m a user, but I do support its legalization. It makes no sense to punish people for taking relatively harmless drugs that make them happy. If marijuana is illegal, so should alcohol and caffeine be. I'd bet nearly everyone would riot if that happened, because we're so dependent on poison. And what better way to enjoy life than not remembering it because you were too hammered?
My point? Marijuana makes its users happy, as religion supposedly does. So why should weed be illegal if religion isn't and they both provide the same high, in a sense? The answer? Neither ought to be illegal. I don't think we should ban religion, as that would be a serious violation of human rights, but I do think we ought to restrict it, i.e. no damn creationism portrayed as science in schools. Do we really need to ruin a brand new generation of humans?
Come Christmas, Christians wish to put up religious symbols in public areas. They get mad whenever another group does that, because Christmas belongs to the Christians. Sigh. Ignoring the fact they stole the holiday, as Christianity is in many ways regurgitated from other religions, they are arrogant in thinking they are right when they have no proof. All religious groups think they are right, and they ALL want special treatment. Religion has its place. For Christianity it’s the church. Fine, they can have religious symbols on Christmas, and all year round for that matter, as can any other group—as long as it is not a place that requires critical thinking, like a school or a courthouse, where religion holds no place.
Speaking of a courthouse… I do think freedom is highly important, but I can’t help but worry when religious wackos are allowed to vote and pass judgment on peers, when they will clearly use their flawed theistic view to determine between right and wrong. Maybe if the person on trial is gay, they'll see them as guilty, just because they "sin". Or like how George W. Bush was voted into office; you know, he's Christian, and faith is so important in politics, right? How Obama ever got voted into office is beyond me, with all the religious nutcases and those who don’t vote based on what’s right, but on who can play the game of scandals best, which seems to be the Republicans. I know, bummer, right? Although, their anti-LGBT and anti-women's rights stance seems to be the nail in their coffin. A democracy is not merely about voting; every human being, regardless of background, deserves the same rights. A country isn't truly free until all people and peoples have the same rights.
Freedom is important, but, unfortunately, it will lead somewhere bad, much of the time. LGBT people are still being persecuted for basically no reason. But a lot of progress has undeniably been made, so the western world is moving steadily forward. We must focus on education and also ban religion from any classes that teach science. There shouldn't be any compromise at all, like teaching both evolution and creationism in science class and letting the kids decide what the truth is. In schools, there can only be what is right, not what makes us feel better—not that the tyrannical deity the Bible portrays makes me feel better. Whenever there’s a film about an apocalypse, someone suggests it is God's doing, though they never seem to blame him. "Oh, well, God massacred billions of people, but two men kissed, so it was justified." Infinity sigh.
With all the information available, the proof we have found, and so far mankind has come, why have we not moved on from primitive religions, such as Christianity and Islam? Why do we cling on to remnants of a bygone age of violence, slavery, and misogyny? Why do we need to smoke the soul weed? Dear God, people, it's the twenty-first century! Grow up and grow a brain.