Nothing bad will result of getting rid of religion. Only good. Whatever positive social functions it performs like community and charity, can be done as well if not better thru secular activities and organizations without the attendant delusions and divisiveness.
See my previous post on KC Oasis for a classic example.
Religion as practiced today by the Big 2 (Xiansanity(TM) and Islam)and the Karma 2 (the reincarnation religions of Buddhism and Hinduism) is merely an old bad habit, a primitive response, an archaic and muddle-headed way of dealing with or attempting to explain the world.
All the misogyny, homophobia, divisiveness, delusion, and science denial in the world go away when religion does.
There is no good reason to continue it.
We will live so much better without the patriarchal and repressive hierarchies that uphold old male dominated, male written rules which are useless in today’s society and only get in the way of progress and retard advance in area after area. In remaining nothing but repositories of old bad ideas that were incorrect primitive explanations at the time which are now beyond hopelessly wrong in light of modern knowledge, religions are unneeded and ugly baggage doing incomparably more harm than good. The Catholic Church’s inhuman insistence on forbidding birth control is the most insane and murderous of examples.
For another seemingly benign example of religious obstruction of modernity and progress check out this TEDx video on the dearth of modern science knowledge dissemination that plagues the entire ARAB world.
There is one reason and one reason only that science and knowledge is largely ignored in Muslim countries and he never mentions it: ISLAM
The causal issue is religion and the religion in question is ISLAM.
Now that wasn’t so hard to say now was it?
Malek gets thru the entire video and never mentions it once. But that’s OK. He might get in trouble. And this is TED, after all. TED tends to be pretty wimpy and politically correct with regards religion. The work Mr. Malek is doing in promoting science translation and dissemination across the Arab world is a timely example of the advance of the non-religious, secular thinking that is snowballing around the globe.
But typical for a TED talk no-one dares mention the elephant in the room, religion. Islamic thought stifles free-thinking, rejects the questioning of authority and discourages innovation, the hallmarks of all scientific thought. And after all, all good Muslims know ALL of science is already presaged in the Koran…right. You will see that delusion proclaimed in Muslim apologetics all over the internet.
The problem is most succinctly illuminated by Pervez Hoodbhoy, Pakistani nuclear physicist and author of The Battle for Science and Secularism in the Muslim World.
As Hoodbhoy observes:
“At Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, where I teach, the constraints are similar to those existing in most other Pakistani public-sector institutions. This university serves middle-class Pakistani students and ranks number two among universities belonging to the Organization of Islamic Countries, with 45 members. My campus has three mosques with a fourth one under construction, but no bookstore.”
With regards knowledge Islam is the most arrogant of all religions. It strenuously avoids contamination by other cultures. Muslim countries translate virtually nothing in science or other domains from other countries.
How the fuck can you have a university with no bookstore? Simple. No books.
Islam killed its own Golden Age by turning its back on the science they preserved, copied, disseminated and expanded upon for a few centuries by going back to the book, their holy book, from then on playing it strictly by the book, worse than any other religion. They did it to themselves.
Mr. Malek points out it is no-one else’s problem, just the Arab worlds own doing. In this he jettisons the usual Islamic dodge of responsibility in blaming their woes on colonialism by the West, or occupation and meddling by the Evil Satan, the US or just general contamination by infidel ideas.
No, to his credit he unflinchingly declares this is all their own problem. Even tho he avoids any mention of the real cause, the Arab worlds stifling religion, Malek and his organization are fixing it. Bravo!
This is what we can do when we are not doing religion or undoing what religion has wrought. Mr. Malek shouldn’t have to be a one man science translation promoter for the Arab world. There is only one reason he is. Religion.
There is no reason to continue it, to continue any of them, none at all.
And how do we do it? How do we end religion? Like Mr. Malek and his team of translators.
Education, plain and simple.
Information Kills Religion.
end religion now
All of them.