Why do people use religion as an excuse for hatred?

I’m not a religious person. I believe that far too many wars have been caused because of religions, the differences between religions and the intolerance of people towards other religions. Without religion there would have been far fewer wars throughout history. I’m sorry if you’re religious and that offends you, but it’s true.

However, as much as I don’t believe in god, I do believe that the idea of religion is a good one. The basic principles revolve around being nice to other people, not killing people and generally making the world a better place. Despite this basic ideology, religion is rarely used in this way, instead it is used a banner of racism, intolerance, ignorance and hatred.

I do have a point, I promise.

This week the news broke about Korean scientists meddling with the genetics on dogs to create glow in the dark dogs. Whatever your feelings on this, and I’m personally against it, religion shouldn’t really come into it. Yet, despite that, some of the comments posted on the website went down the road of the experiments being against god’s wishes, which then created retaliatory posts about god not existing, and a religious war broke out… on a website about dogs.

Now, one of the comments (that wasn’t fit for publishing) harked on about how if god didn’t exist, how did we get here? It was hardly a compelling argument, but then as the poster has a personal website promoting anti-Barack Obama material and believes that Buddhism and Hinduism aren’t religions, we can’t expect a compelling argument, can we?

Anyway, here is the man’s comment in full:

Name: NObama
URL: rumblfighter.webs.com
Email: nobamaplz@yahoo.com
IP: 71.91.137.1

Submitted on 2009/04/29 at 1:43pm

*in respons to the retarded liberal comments listed above*

We Know What God Wants From The Bible/Old Testiment/Other Holy Books
Monst Religions Would Consider This Immoral.
EVEN BUDHISTS/HINDUS
(Which are not religions)

*To The Dumb-A Who Says There Is No God*

HOW DID WE GET HERE IF THERE IS NO GOD?
HMHMHMHMHMHMHMHMHMMMM?

This is where I have the whole problem with religion, or more to the point, the sort of people who attach themselves to religion and use it as an excuse for ignorance. This guy believes that anyone who doesn’t believe in god is a ‘retarded liberal’, a reference of course to Barack Obama and anyone who voted for him.

His website features many anti-Obama graphics and slogans, including one where the ludicrous idea that guns should be banned is mocked. Of course, guns are every American’s right… it’s in the Bible. Jesus was very pro-guns and a member of the NRA.

This is my point. Religion is supposed to show people a set of morals to live by, yet why do so many people think that religion gives them an excuse to spread their hatred, their racism and their ignorance to others? It’s not what religion is about.

/end rant.

Darren Jamieson, aka MrDaz, is the Technical Director and co-founder of Engage Web and has been working online in a career spanning two decades. His first website was built in 1998 and is still live today.

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3 thoughts on “Why do people use religion as an excuse for hatred?”

  1. I see that you publish the rantings of only the lunatic fringe of Christianity. The sole conclusion I can come to is that you’re quite insecure in your own intellectual prowess. Christian thought goes quite a bit deeper if you’re ready for it. I can produce the most banal and puerile nonsense from atheists if you’d like to go toe-to-toe. It still won’t prove anything. Most “religious” people are that way because they possess the humility to admit that they do not have all the answers and there is a perfect, unsullied truth to the universe that can be grasped if your spirit is properly oriented. Most Christians are not angry, judgmental, or hateful; that is textbook projectionism imposed by those like yourself who want to skate by with specious arguments.

  2. I see I’ve pissed off a Christian. Job done.

    Of course there are morons who are atheists. There are morons from every walk of life, different shapes, sizes and colours of idiots.

    You argue that most Christians are not hateful, angry or judgmental, yet you’ve just judged me as being insecure in my intellectual prowess, thus insulting me. Maybe you’re not referring to yourself in that grouping of Christians. Perhaps you recognise that you’re one of the hateful ones?

    Or maybe the irony was lost on you when you embarked on a tirade against me, in defence of the charge that Christians are hateful and judgmental?

    Whichever, I don’t really care. I’ve annoyed a Christian, so my work here is done.

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