Alcoholism is a problem to some people. They seem to have a genetic predisposition to the overuse of alcohol.
Many a spouse has dealt with this problem in their mate. Some of them, rather than to take a firm hand, think the problem will eventually work itself out. Only seldom does such a problem correct by itself.
In the same way that it is difficult, if not impossible, to argue a point with a drunk, it is difficult, if not impossible, to argue a point with the religious. To accept something on faith is to accept it without evidence. To accept something as true without any evidence is to accept it blindly. All faith held without evidence is blind faith. To logically argue with someone exercising blind faith is as fruitless as arguing with a drunk.
Since such a pursuit, that of arguing with the religious, is wasted investment without dividend, many non-believers adopt the “why can’t we get along” mantra. In many cases this is a commendable avenue. Not, however, in the case of the terminally religious. There are many religious cults and sub cults of Christianity which have the desire, commanded usually by their god, that everyone believe the same way they do. If it were not for the laws of human governments these individuals would force their life styles upon everyone else at the point of a gun.
By proffering accommodation, well-meaning atheists and agnostics are prolonging the existence of a deleterious fraud. They are delaying action to deter the most terrible and heinous scam foisted upon humankind, that of religion.
Why is peaceful coexistence impossible? The religious deal in absolutes. The theist, holding absolutes, considers compromise as the other side giving in, the other side weakening in resolve, and then giving into theist viewpoints. (There is in fact no compromise available to the theist.)
Many religious claim to hold compromise in high regard, and coexistence possible. These particular cults are the result of a lessening of the grip of religion. Passages of the bible which do not presently accommodate modern viewpoints are simply ignored or reduced to the level of a metaphor. It is a possibility, a real possibility, that should these people undergo the proper “revival” atmosphere they would readily readopt the old absolutes. If an individual can have his/her logical mind compromised and made to accept absurdity of any type as real then it is a short trip to acceptance of additional absurdity.
As a result of the inflexibility of the religious, the only solution, for the good of humankind, is the total eradication of religion.
This eradication can be humanely carried out in the form of education. Public education must remain strong and it must remain secular. The theist knows this is a viable way to eliminate noxious belief. Accordingly, they fight public education tooth and nail and advocate private schools and vouchers.
If education is not permitted as means to render religion harmless then the only other avenue is civil war.
Seven reasons why religion is a form of mental illness:
1) Hallucinations – the person has invisible friends who (s)he insists are real, and to whom (s)he speaks daily, even though nobody can actually see or hear
(2) Delusions – the patient believes that the invisible friends have magical powers to make them rich, cure cancer, bring about world peace, and will do so eventually if asked.
(3) Denial/Inability to learn – though the requests for world peace remain unanswered, even after hundreds of years, the patients persist with the praying behaviour, each time expecting different results.
(4) Inability to distinguish fantasy from reality – the beliefs are contingent upon ancient mythology being accepted as historical fact.
(5) Paranoia – the belief that anyone who does not share their supernatural concept of reality is “evil,” “the devil,” “an agent of Satan”.
(6) Emotional abuse – religious concepts such as sin, hell, cause feelings of guilt, shame, fear, and other types of emotional “baggage” which can scar the
psyche for life.
(7) Violence – many patients insist that others should share in their delusions, even to the extent of using violence.