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Old April 22nd, 2013, 07:54 PM
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Don't conflate the problem of people abusing belief systems to carry out atrocities with the problem of an inherently immoral belief system. The only time there's a problem with a religion (or whatever you want to call it) is if its teachings encourage something immoral. That's really all there is to it.

As a special note, if you're an atheist (or not, I suppose) and your main problem with religion is that people are "deluding themselves from the truth," you are a fool and a jerk. Delusion isn't inherently bad, and if it has a positive impact on those people, you should not try to take that away from them. I would imagine it is a rare person who hasn't deluded themselves in some way. And while the pursuit of the truth is a noble endeavor, it is not the only way to have a positive impact on the world. I say this as an atheist, myself.
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