Religion

It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so."
Robert Heinlein
As a general rule, religiosity is highest among the poorest nations of the world, and lowest among the richest. This Gallup study of global religiosity, asked people around the world if religion was an important part of their daily lives. Unsurprisingly, there is a general correlation between the importance of religion in daily life, and homicide rates. (from Secularist10)
“The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” - John Adams
"...the alliance between fundamentalists or evangelical religion and right wing politics is a very troubling phenomenon and this is certainly one of the most potent reasons for it. What's really scary is that a lot of them seem to think that the second coming is around the corner -- the idea that we're going to have Armageddon anyway so it doesn't make much difference. I find that to be socially irresponsible on the highest order. It's scary." Daniel Dennett interview in Der Speigel. See his home page.  Bill Maher on Religion
"The beauty of the religious right as a political bloc was that it provided a large pool of voters that often acted in unison, based on a narrow set of issues that had relatively little to do with actual governance and did not inconvenience the corporate interests that finance the Republican Party. By and large, the things that mattered most to these voters mattered least in the Oval Office. Despite the Bush family's traditional aversion to its culture, Rove and the other strategists knew that they had to have that bloc." Russ Baker,  Family of Secrets. pg 399.
"Religions, which condemn the pleasures of sense, drive men to seek the pleasures of power.  Throughout history power has been the vice of the ascetic." --  Bertrand Russell English philosopher and mathematician 1872-1970
The Gospels are radical pacifist material, if you take a look at them. When the Roman emperor Constantine adopted Christianity, he shifted it from a radical pacifist religion to the religion of the Roman Empire. So the cross, which was the symbol of the suffering of the poor, was put on the shield of the Roman soldiers. Since that time, the Church has been pretty much the church of the rich and the powerful—the opposite of the message of the Gospels. Liberation theology, in Brazil particularly, brought the actual Gospels to peasants. They said, let’s read what the Gospels say, and try to act on the principles they describe. That was the major crime that set off the Reagan wars of terror and Vatican repression. The United States was virtually at war with the Catholic Church in the 1980s. It was a clash of civilizations, if you like: the United States versus the Gospels." Noam Chomsky: What We Say Goes.
John J. DiIulio Jr.,  the former head of  president Bush's faith-based initiatives, says "What you got is everything, and I mean everything, being run by the political arm. It's the reign of the Mayberry Machiavellis."
Any attempt to hold ideologies accountable for the crimes committed by their followers must be approached with a great deal of caution. It is too easy to assert that those with whom we disagree are not just wrong but tyrannical, fascist, genocidal. But it is also true that certain ideologies are a danger to the public and need to be identified as such. These are the closed, fundamentalist doctrines that cannot coexist with other belief systems; their followers deplore diversity and demand an absolute free hand to implement their perfect system. The world as it is must be erased to make way for their purist invention. Rooted in biblical fantasies of great floods and great fires, it is a logic that leads ineluctably toward violence. The ideologies that long for that impossible clean slate, which can be reached only through some kind of cataclysm, are the dangerous ones. Naomi Klein "Shock Doctrine"
"Africans say that the missionaries came and told them to look toward heaven and when they looked down again, all their land was stolen ..." Clark Kerr quoted in Subversives: Seth Rosenfeld
My American friends tell me that you are slipping towards a theocratic Dark Age. Which is very disagreeable for the very large number of educated, intelligent and right-thinking people in America. Unfortunately, at present, it's slightly outnumbered by the ignorant, uneducated people who voted Bush in. But the broad direction of history is toward enlightenment, and so I think that what America is going through at the moment will prove to be a temporary reverse. I think there is great hope for the future. My advice would be, Don't despair, these things pass. Richard Dawkins (See his home page.)Christopher Hitchens on Religion
One of the greatest challenges facing civilization in the twenty first century is for human beings to learn to speak about their deepest personal concerns - about ethics, spiritual experience, and the inevitability of human suffering - in ways that are not flagrantly irrational. We desperately need a public discourse that encourages critical thinking and intellectual honesty. Nothing stands in the way of this project more than the respect we accord religious faith. Letter to a Christian Nation. Sam Harris
The idea that religion is a separate magisterium which cannot be proven or disproven is a Big Lie - a lie which is repeated over and over again, so that people will say it without thinking; yet which is, on critical examination, simply false. It is a wild distortion of how religion happened historically, of how all scriptures present their beliefs, of what children are told to persuade them, and of what the majority of religious people on Earth still believe. You have to admire its sheer brazenness, on a par with Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia. The prosecutor whips out the bloody axe, and the defendant, momentarily shocked, thinks quickly and says: "But you can't disprove my innocence by mere evidence - it's a separate magisterium!" Eliezer_Yudkowsky
..."The meaning of religion is defined by what religious people actually believe, and the great majority of the world's religious people would be surprised to learn that religion has nothing to do with factual reality." Dreams of a Final Theory: Steven Weinberg (Nobel Prize For Physics)
"The policies of Nazi Germany were not officially Christian, but they were the product of a long and deplorable history of Christians' behavior toward Jews...How could a gospel of love be connected with such hateful and evil behavior - not once but consistently for many centuries ?" When Religion Becomes Evil: Charles Kimball
"Tell me your image of God and I'll tell you your poltics." Marcus Borg quoted in David C. Korten's book: The Great Turning
We are not endeavoring to chain the future, but to free the present. We are not forging fetters for our children, but we are breaking those our fathers made for us. We are the advocates of inquiry, of investigation and thought. This of itself, is an admission that we are not perfectly satisfied with all our conclusions. Philosophy has not the egotism of faith. Robert Ingersoll

Links

Reason and Meaning

Secular Coalition For America

The Christianists

TheocracyWatch

Religion Dispatches

Freedom From Religion Foundation

Americans United for the Separation of Church and State

Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers

Debunking Christianity

Religious Tolerance

Project Reason

SSSR

Barna Group

Correlation Between Poverty and Religiousity

Religion and Secrecy in the Bush Administration

Bene Diction

Life Without Faith

Talk To Action

Religion Dispatches

Frederick Clarkson

Atheist News

SkepticInk

Pharyngula

Humanist Association of Connecticut

American Humanist (Million Dollar Challenge)

Edge

Skeptic

Network of Spiritual Progressives

Reclaiming The Prophetic Voice

Quixote.org

Civics News

Richard Dawkins

Mandatory Christianity in the military

A Plea For Direct Democracy

Religion Dispatches

Humanists.org

Infidels.org

Catholic Arrogance

America's Holy Warriors.

Defcon   

Defcon Blog

Americans for Religious Liberty

Center For Inquiry

Free Inquiry

Secular Coalition for America

Positive Atheism

Justin Vacula

Skeptobot

Soulforce.org

ReligiousTolerance.org

For the Bible Tells Me So

Yurica Report

The Prince of War

Naturalism

End Times 2008

Religulous, Bill Maher's film.

Flock of Dodos (a film on evolution vs id)

skepchick

Chariots of Iron

Raleigh Myers

The Secular Web

Huffington Post Religion Page

Religious Truthiness

Cline Center For Democracy

The Deeply Held Religious Principle Hobby Lobby Suddenly Remembered It Had (7/1/2014)

Life In the Most Religious States (6/14/2014)

In U.S., 42% Believe Creationist View of Human Origins (6/2/2014)

Meet the American Pastor Behind Uganda's Anti-Gay Crackdown (3/10/2014)

The Simple Truth About Biblical Literalism and the Fundamentalists Who Promote It (2/5/2014)

Why Does Hating Other Religions Seems to be Fundamental to Believing in a Religion? (1/27/2014)

Republicans Destined to Live in Poverty Because They’re ‘Born Into Ignorance’ Neil deGrasse Tyson (1/24/2014)

Indoctrinating Religious Warriors (1/3/2014)

How the Christian Right Plays Victim While Imposing Its Ideology on America (12/5/2013)

Why Are So Many Christians So Un-Christian? (9/26/2013)

About Those Irreligious New Englanders (9/17/2013)

Can Radical Islam Be Cured by Science ? (5/30/2013)

The Pope to stay in vatican to avoid prosecution (2/16/2013)

The God Glut (12/10/2012)

How Christian Fundamentalism Feeds the Toxic Partisanship of US Politics (10/24/2012)

Be Not Afraid of Mit Romney (9/23/2012)

Religion Declines WorldWide (8/9/2012)

GOP Insider: Religion Destroyed My Party (8/5/2012)

Right Wing Religion's War on America (4/14/2012)

Far Right Israel Rhetoric is aimed at Evangelicals (4/11/2012)

Freedom of and From Religion (2/17/2012)

Atheist High School Student Getting Death Threats (1/18/2012)

The Evangelical Rejection of Reason (10/18/2011)

10 Signs God is Furious With the Right (9/16/2011)

Meet The Christian Dominionist 'Prayer Warriors' Who Have Chosen Rick Perry As Their Vehicle For Power (8/15/2011)

Let Churches Do It is a Deceptive Myth (5/24/2011)

The Christian Right and the Rise of American Fascism (Chris Hedges)

Political Ties to A Secretive Religious Group (4/3/2008)

Religion is Failed Science (3/18/2008)

Bachman's Religion (8/9/2011)

Blessed are those who Possess Colt Peacemakers

Religion, Partisan Politics and Tax Exemption

Church attendance inversely proportional to intelligence, duh (2/8/2010)

The Conservative-Christian Big Thinker (12/16/2009)

Religion and the U. S. Military

The Four Horsemen (video of Dennett, Harris, Hitchens, and Dawkins.)

The best indicator that someone is a Republican is whether they are regular church attendees.  To have beliefs based on faith, lessons of history, informed opinion, or evidence become irrelevant. This is how the Republican agenda can be conveyed by misinformation. Don't be surprised that religion is not just an unholy GOP ally, but is, itself, a large industry, a natural supporter of plutocracy, a leading purveyor of misinformation, an important political player, an advocate for the gun lobby, a powerful force for martyrdom, terrorism, and war, especially the culture war.

Republicans often proclaim religious zeal. Notice that the most religious countries are also the most backward. "Red States", like Mississippi, are our most religious and poorest. Our most highly educated communities are also the most liberal. Republicans frequently deny climate change, evolution, and many of them say higher education is indoctrination or snobbery. It appears that they are waging a war on science and, using large money incentives, are politicizing higher education and ideology driven 'think tanks'.

For those who believe in the literal truth of the bible. Adam and Eve populated the earth, the universe has existed for a few thousand years, evolution is just a theory, climate change is a hoax, there is life after death, and if you disagree or behave badly you will burn in hell. Republicans have appointed such people to the House Science oversight committees.

The belief that religion can heal can be life-threatening and has been the cause of many unnecessary deaths. These beliefs are centuries old and, after learning from evidence, we know better now. The fossil, geological, DNA, astronomical evidence brings new light to the story of creation, life, evolution, and science continues to bring insights that should replace traditional religious views.

We all want to believe the truth. Science and Religion both claim it, but they go about finding it in quite different ways. Religion is introspective, but often its tenets are dictated from authority. Dictated beliefs work particularly well for children, who can be imprinted for life with ideas that are unbelievable. The religious right denies science.

Science, on the other hand, painstakingly looks at evidence, discusses issues in peer-reviewed journals, tests repeatedly. It evolves. The result is we have learned a lot in the last 2000 years. We are the first generations to see the earth photographs from space. In several kinds of forensic evidence there is a record of evolution.

The 'religious' among us are mostly in denial of climate change and, with massive corporate backing have all but declared war on science, are keen to continue as usual. Their beliefs are a hindrance to education, sustainability, further progress, and sensible policy. The welfare state infringes church turf so Republicans oppose it... even if people suffer.


Culture does not change much with new knowledge partly due to religious indoctrination of the very young.

Religion attempts to indoctrinate children in a way that marks them for life.  It denies death, promises reward in the afterlife for the observant or everlasting agony for non-believers. Throughout history it has opposed the advance of science.

It pacifies many people faced with extreme income inequality., so it is politically useful. 

As it seeks to impose its beliefs on hospitals, schools, it aspires to replace  the welfare state  It can not, but it explains Republican's animosity to social programs. Many Republicans favor theocracy. They are the AmericanTaliban.

Congratulate the Swiss and the French for waking up to the problem by outlawing the burke.

It is not just Muslims who cling to medieval customs, other major religions have equally unsupportable, and often disgusting beliefs.

It has motivated political unrest, racism, misogyny, homophobia,  superstition, willful ignorance, war on science, terrorism, genocide, and war, but no one seems to blame it for those things. Religion has gotten a free pass from the press.

Religion has proven to be a main motivation for terrorism whether in abortion clinics or middle east squares. It is to often a pretext for terrorism and war. It operates tax-free, but we need to maintain a large standing military, partly, on account of it.

Overpopulation and overuse of resources can make the planet uninhabitable so we are in a race to become smart
enough to overturn religious dogma, begin limiting population and the use of resources, and preserve the planet for
generations to come. We need to wake up and reject medieval religions to have any chance at survival.

Now that we know that the earth is fragile, and that we have plundered it severely, we should be careful that it remains habitable. That would be conservative because there are no other habitable planets anywhere in sight.

Things that can't last, won't. We may go the way of the dinosaurs if we don't grow up and face facts.

Scientists View Religion

. . . gazing up at the dark sky spangled with its signs and stars, for the first time, the first, I laid my heart open to the benign indifference of the universe.~ Albert Camus
"When it comes to understanding how our universe evolves, religion and theology have been at best irrelevant. They often muddy the waters, for example, by focusing on questions of nothingness without providing any definition of the term based on empirical evidence. While we do not yet fully understand the origin of our universe, there is no reason to expect things to change in this regard. Moreover, I expect that ultimately the same will be true for our understanding of areas that religion now considers its own territory, such as human morality." A Universe From Nothing. Lawrence M. Krause

Victor Stenger

Steven Weinberg

Peter Atkins

Martin Rees

Sam Harris

Stephen Hawking

Richard Dawkins

Charles Darwin

Happy Grav-mas !

Christian Right

"Christians have a special knowledge of the degree to which curiosity is a natural and original evil...that is why ignorance is so strongly recommended to us by our religion as the appropriate path to belief and obedience." Michel de Montaigne in his essay Apology

Jehovah’s Witnesses Mad That Atheists Won’t Keep Their Views to Themselves (9/6/2010)

Ground Zero for Tolerance (8/18/2010)

Beck's "preachers and pastors" panel: straight from the fringe (7/2/2010)

Arch-Conservative U.S. Christians Help Uganda 'Kill-the-Gays' Bill Stay Alive (6/16/2010)

The US Military's Middle East Crusade for Christ

The Fight Against Christian Supremacists in the Military (7/11/2010)

Christian Fascists Are Growing Stronger (6/7/2010)

Ten Ways Christians Tend to Fail at Being Christian (5/7/2010)

Christian fundamentalists have something in common with the Taliban: they too would like to take over government so they can have it their way.  They have become an adjunct of the Republican Party and are therefore complicit in the destruction of US prosperity, civil liberties, peace, security, and the well-being of the people.

They may be in the US, but they are no different than the Taliban. They condone violence. Their policy is made by excluding women, and it takes no account that the earth is unsustainably overpopulated now. Since mainstream religions do not preach or act in the public interest, their tax exempt status should be revoked.

They are largely responsible that the US has not ratified The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). (Most of the world has.) They are instrumental in the decline of education since they are in denial of much of science. 

We have a healthcare system that is a major cause of unnecessary deaths, bankruptcies, suffering, corruption, widespread insecurity, economic dislocation, but Christian supremacists demand that their objections to abortion (because the unborn are more important to them than the living) be written into law.

There is a credible argument that the cold war, the wars in the Middle East, and other American wars, including the coninuing Middle Eastern crusades and the cold war, have been substantially motivated by religion. (Bush's "Axis of Evil" explanation had religious overtones. Washington has had more than its share of Christian supremacists at the highest levels.)

Watch this full length documentary on-line: The God Who Wasn't There. (1 Hr)

What Are Moral Values ?

About evolution.

Religion as Big Business

Trinity Broadcasting Network was the Fort Knox of Christian organizations. No reporter had completely penetrated it; The ministry is valued at more than $2 billion, generates about $200 million annually and beams its programming for dozens of satellites into every country on Earth. If a pastor can get a show on TBN (the waiting list is long), money pours in. What went on behind the scenes was a closely guarded secret. The network's founders didn't give media interviews, and their employees were told not to talk to the press. From Losing My Religion: William Lobdell

The New Koch Brothers (7/5/2014)

Meet the Terrible 10 of the Religious Right

Trinity Foundation Investigations

Why shouldn't we treat religions with the same respect—no more, no less—that we accord to, say, the pharmaceutical industry, or the world of music, or banking? If religions deserve more respect than that, let those who think so demonstrate it on a level playing field. Daniel Dennett

Growing Scandal Over Washington's "Christian Mafia" (8/18/2009)

Religion is an industry like any other, albeit tax free, and should be treated as such.

"The Mormon church owns a $16 billion insurance company, at least $6 billion in stocks, and $172 million chain of radio stations, as well as more than 150 farms and ranches, which easily places the church among the largest landowners in the nation." Chris Lehmann: How Mormon economics shape the GOP: Harper's October 2011.

How Mormonism Created Glenn Beck (10/22/2009)

The Sarah Palin Christian Theocracy

The Christian Right Killed the Republican Party

IT'S NOT 'ANTI-CHRISTIAN' (2/5/2009)

Bush confusing religion and science.

News of the Religiously insane

Texas Supreme Court: Beat a Teen for Jesus

The Right's America Hating Preacher (May 2, 2008).

Right-Wing Hatemongering Fueled by Christianity? (9/21/2009)

Christian Extremism is Undermining America (6/1/2009)

God is not your Bitch: Mark Morford 7/24/2009

Does Hate Speech Kill ? (6/2/2009)

Catholics

“If the B52 bombers flying over Vietnam were dropping contraceptives, the American Catholic hierarchy would have condemned that in a minute, but they were dropping napalm”
— James Carroll

The Vatican Bank And Money Laundering (2/18/2013)

The War on Nuns (6/2012)

50 Reasons to Boycott the Catholic Church (11/26/2012)

Unholy Alliance (2/22/2012) Good reasons to avoid Catholic hospitals.

It is a given that all institutions seek to expand their turf. The Catholic Church has always encouraged large families, indoctrinated children early, and defended primogeniture. Since population now exceeds the carrying capacity of the planet, Catholic doctrine is increasingly dangerous. Like other major religions, it also makes second class citizens of women. See Abortion.

Assuming the very altruistic become clergy, isn't it possible that the commitment to celibacy can breed that characteristic out of the population ?

Catholic Church hires Fox News Reporter (6/27/2012)

Catholics vs Condoms (5/31/2012)

Catholics angry as church puts female ordination on par with sex abuse (7/15/2010)

Catholic Leader Says Woman Should Die With Her Fetus -- When Did Woman-Hating Go Mainstream? (5/24/2010)

Catholic Church Worsening Sins of the Past (4/27/2010)

Celibacy Debate Re-emerges amid Church Abuse Scandal (3/12/2010)

Catholic Bishops Put Sex Obsession Ahead of Mission to the Sick and the Poor

Whose Team Is It, Anyway ?

Why the Catholic Bishops Who Pushed Through the Stupak Amendment Are Hypocrites

The Vatican Role in population policy.

Catholic CIA - How does this relate to torture ? See CIA.

Genocide and the Role of the Catholic Church in Rwanda

Thousands Raped and Abused in Irish Catholic Schools

Who is Catholic League president William Donohue?

Catholic role in Nazi Germany

The Catholic Fascist dictators of the 20th Century

Hitler's Faith

Pope distorting scientific evidence about condoms, claims Lancet (3/27/2009)

The Catholic Church is a powerful force censoring media. (See no Evil: Geoffrey Cowan)

Is Christianity responsible for historic European violent culture ?

What if People Actually Treated Religion as Just a Metaphor (Like Trekkies and Secular Jews)?  

What if People Actually Treated Religion as Just a Metaphor (Like Trekkies and Secular Jews)?

It's possible to keep the good parts of religion -- like the music, rituals and pageantry -- and get rid of the sex-hating dogma, the belief in god and other troublesome aspects. more »


Muslims

Top Ten Ways to Convince Muslims We're on a Religious Crusade

The US Military's Middle East Crusade for Christ

The Roots of Islamophobia (8/26/2011)

StopStoneing

Atheists

Atheists Start Their Own Megachurch: Is It a Religion Now? (9/24/2013)

Sam Harris: Believing the Unbeleivable (video part 1)     (Part 2)

Declaration in Defense of Science and Secularism

Why Did God Create Atheists ? (6/6/2010)

About the Bible

The Greatest Story Ever Sold (video)

The Skeptics Annotated Bible

The Good Book Business

GOOD BOOK: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible: By David Plotz

Sam Harris: Religion is Failed Science

Why I am not a Christian, Jew,
Muslim, Hindu or Buddhist
by Peter Meyer

 

Religion has always been politically useful. See this note.  It has been a pretext for war, and the destruction of the (political) opposition. Non believers are heathens and can, without guilt, be abused or slaughtered. This righteousness accompanied colonial exploitation, brutal treatment of indigenous populations, the genocides of the American Indians, and the Jews in Germany. That's the Christian tradition. Jews are in the process of ethnic cleansing against  the Palestinians. Muslims have a long history of genocide also.

It keeps people in their place, promising a glorious next life in spite of misery they may be experiencing in this one. Thus it allows economic elites to ignore the poverty stricken even though biblical texts favor the poor. (About the Inquisition.) Women are treated as a lower class.

It provides a sense of exceptionalism. After all, religion promises to convey the ultimate truth and those who know it will be the chosen ones or the saved ones. It motivates the strong man dictator to megalomania, divinity, and it enables the spread of empire. It requires suspension of critical faculties, and demands unwavering belief on faith. That is why it is usually in conflict with science.

It confers legitimacy to rulers who are cloaked in it. George W Bush, for true believers, was chosen by God, and it was his right to declare war on his own initiative. Hitler also made such claims. Many empires have used it as justification for bloody expansion. (About the Donatists.) Many heads of state have declared themselves divine.  

It indoctrinates and imprints children when they are very young so that they will absorb propaganda that is beyond reason. A thorough indoctrination makes them much less able to do serious scientific work. A country which is a theocracy is probably incapable of serious technological development, civilized behavior, or sensible policy.   

As population pressure causes resource problems, the church simply ignores the situation until catastrophe occurs. Then it is regarded as the will of God. The unintended consequence may appear to be Armageddon. True conservatives would be very careful of this planet because it is the only one that can support humanity. Because the faithful think the end is near, they are oblivious to the condition of the environment.  

See also the F word. The rise of Christian Fascism and the threat to American democracy.

Fundamentalist religion usually has as its unstated goal, a desire to take over the State, the better to expand and enforce their views on everyone. It is easy to see that it is a major cause of terrorism and war. People who believe in rich rewards in the 'afterlife' have an incentive to become suicide bombers, or, as seen at abortion clinics, murderers of people who disagree.

People persuaded to believe based on faith will believe anything...even if it is apocalyptic.

Considering that much war and terrorism are motivated by religion, should organized religion really be tax exempt ?

Falwell


An elder Cherokee Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life. He said to them, "A fight is going on inside me...It is a terrible fight, and it is between two wolves. One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, pride and superiority. The other wolf stands for joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. This same fight is going on inside of you and every other person too." They thought about it for a minute and then one child asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?" The old Cherokee simply replied..."The one I feed."


What’s striking about journalists and intellectuals today, liberal and conservative alike, is not their mythic Voltairian skepticism but their deference to belief and utter failure to criticize, much less satirize, America’s romance with God. With very few exceptions (like the incisive Katha Pollitt) social critics have abandoned the tradition of caustic secularism that once provided refuge for the faithless: People “are all insane’ Mark Twain remarked in Letters from the Earth. “Man is a marvelous curiosity. . . he thinks he is the Creator’s pet. He believes the Creator is proud of him; he even believes the Creator loves him; has a passion for him; sits up nights to admire him; yes and watch over him and keep him out of trouble. He prays to him and thinks He listens. Isn’t it a quaint idea’ from Sleeping with Extra-Terrestrials: Wendy Kaminer

Poll finds more Americans believe in devil than Darwin Thu Nov 29, 2007. The evidence for evolution is presented in detail in Richard Dawkins book: The Greatest Show on Earth.

Imagine no religion. display put up by the Connecticut Valley Atheists.

The Greatest Story ever Told

The Dark Side of the Reverend Moon

Religious Fundamentalism, Imperialism, and the War on Terror.

Emma Goldman on Puritanism

Secular Humanism

Bibliography

Taking Liberties: Why Religious Freedom Doesn't Give You The Right To Tell Other Peoople What To Do: Robert Boston

The God Delusion: Richard Dawkins (click to read or download it in pdf form.)

A Universe From Nothing: Lawrence M. Krause

A review of Sam Harris' fine book: The End of Faith

Breaking the Spell: Daniel C. Dennett

God and His Demons: Michael Parenti

American Grace: Robert Putnam and David E. Campbell

The God Strategy, How Religion Became A Political Weapon in America: David Domke and Kevin Coe

Terror in the Name of God: Jessica Stern

Why the Christian Right is Wrong: Robin Meyers

Freethinkers: Susan Jacoby

God And the Fascists, the Vatican alliance with Mussolini, Franco, Hitler and Pavelic: Karlheinz Deschner

A moral reckoning : the role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust and its unfulfilled duty of repair / Daniel Jonah Goldhagen.

God's Jury: Cullen Murphy. The Inquisition as a template for the war on terror.

Losing My Religion: William Lobdell

Why I am not a Christian: Bertrand Russell

Society Without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us about Contentment:  Phil Zuckerman

The Family: Christian Supremacists at the Heart of American Power: Jeff Sharlett

Piety and Politics: Rev Barry W. Lynn

Jesus is Not a Republican: Edited by Clint Willis and Nate Hardcastle

American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America Chris Hedges.

Taking Stock: The Bush Faith-Based Initiative and What Lies Ahead

American theocracy - the peril and politics of radical religion, oil, and borrowed money in the 21st century: Kevin Phillips.

Made in Texas: Michael Lind

Religion and the Cold War edited by Dianne Kirby

The thesis of Kirby's excellent introduction is that the Cold War was one of history's great religious wars, 'a global conflict between the god-fearing and the godless'. (p. 1) It was a war in which 'Christianity was appropriated by Western propagandists and policy-makers for their anti-communist arsenal' (p. 2), nowhere more so than in the USA. But in addition, as this volume demonstrates, Christianity was not simply a tool of psychological warfare. Church leaders were not merely pawns in a political game; they were active participants. Their flocks were not only recipients of propaganda; for millions religious faith was central to their lives. This fact is most vividly demonstrated in the several chapters that deal with the Catholic Church and Pope Pius XII during the early years of the Cold War.

Divided By God, Noah Feldman

The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs, Fundamentalism and the Fear of Truth: Solomon Schimmel     

The Cross and the Lynching Tree: James Cone

The Scandal of Evangelical Politics: Ronald Sider

Church of Lies:Flora Jessop,Paul T. Brown

Fall From Grace - Fred Phelps (Part 1 of 8) (documentary)

The Varieties of Scientific Experience: Carl Sagan

Misquoting Jesus: Bart Ehrman

Kingdom Coming: Michelle Goldberg

The End of Days: Gershom Gorenberg

Letter to a Christian Nation: Sam Harris

God: the Failed Hypotheses: Victor Stenger

God is Not Great: Christopher Hitchens

Freethinkers: Susan Jacoby

Sleeping with Extra-Terrestrials: Wendy Kaminer

Books by Steve Allen

The Quotable Atheist: Jack Huberman

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds: Charles MacKayChosen by God to Mock Bush (Sticker) (It is in the public domain.)

When Religion Becomes Evil: Charles Kimball

Sacred Rage, the Wrath of Militant Islam: Robin Wright

God, the Devil, and Darwin: Niall Shanks

Atheism: The Case Against God: George H. Smith

The Creation, An Appeal to Save Life on Earth, E. O. Wilson

MORTAL SINS Sex, Crime, and the Era of Catholic Scandal: Michael D'Antonio

Religion Gone Bad: Mel White

Blind Faith, the Unholy Alliance of Religion and Medicine: Richard P. Sloan, Ph.D

Strategic Implications of American Millennialism (a pdf available on-line.)

Film/Video 

Religulous: Bill Mahar (watch it on-line).

Religion, inc.

The Atheism Tapes: (video) See them on-line.

Constantine's Sword (a history of anti-Semitism in the Catholic Church based on James Carroll's book of the same name. Explores the link between the U.S. military and the Christian right.)

For the Bible Tells Me So

Lake of Fire (2006 Movie)


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