Atheists realize that very few wars are actually dogmatically fought for a religion, right? If any at all. Most “religious wars” are actually power struggles or imperialist ventures where religion is used by a state, movement, or actor as a vessel, tool for social mobilization, or political opportunity to wage a war.
they don’t atually know that. Because they are hawkins’ fundementalists
Most atrocities committed in the name of religion have absolutely nothing to do with the religion. Most religions are non-violent. People in power use religions as excuses. They twist religions to fit their own needs. They don’t actually follow the real tenants of the religion.
Do you realize that some atheists aren’t attacking the worship of religions, but rather the institutionalization of religion that allows for these atrocities in the name of a higher being? That revels in a lack of access to education so that their followers will blindly follow them into war based on “religious ideologies.” We’re not idiots. We know religion is being used and usurped and warped to feed and control civil dissent. Our problem, is that religion is being given to much fucking credibility as an institution rather than a private, spiritual experience, and is therefore released from any responsibility it has to these atrocities and these wars. Just because it’s all political, doesn’t mean religion is absolved from it’s contribution to said atrocities. Religions are non-violent on paper, and that’s fucking great, but go tell the families of the 6 millions gassed Jewish people that religion is non-violent and I bet you’ll be having a different conversation. And, I’m not going to give a whole lot of non-violent points to a Bible that supports and encourages rape and enslavement, regardless of how we access and use it today. There is violence associated with religion, and the institutionalization of religion has allowed those political actors to turn religion into an oppressive force. Imperialism began with missionaries and religious baseline, and I’m sure they thought they were doing good work, but people were murdered for not converting. We can even move into the Spanish inquisition and talk about that. Sure, there were political actors in play, but the uneducated masses turning in their neighbors for being heathens weren’t political actors. They were tools, and that sucks, but their blind dogmatic faith in religion cost people their lives. So please don’t talk about religion like it exists in some cultural cosmic void. It is as affected by culture and context as any other institution and regardless of its intent, it’s actions have turned out to be pretty harmful at times. And, a lot of people are also smart enough to know that some wars are fought by atheists and some atheists are really shitty fucking people who use an anti-religion stance to win their battles. But that doesn’t erase the damage of institutionalized religion.