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Abolish Religion ?

You think religion should be abolished ? weigh in your comments and state your reasons.

Personally i think it should, because as in the case of Naija,its doing more damage than good.The sooner we realise that the solution to our problems is not in churches and mosques but in innovation,science and technology,the better. In other words,If Nigeria had the same amount tech institutes and creative development centres as it has religious business centres(churches,mosques etc),people would live better lives.It's ridiculous that most of the things people pray for are things that man already has solution for.Think about it !

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all those suicide bombing in the name of camel riding craddle-robbers and sodomites and silly Allah. the bloody crusades?

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Hitler wasn't an atheist. First came across this idea on NL and wonder where it comes from!

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yeah

, and the islamic fanatics will stop killing pple in suicide attacks

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Abolish religion? Not a chance. Even coming from an agnostic like myself, I think it would be a bad idea to ban folks from worshipping as they please. It would only stir up more shiit-fests and extremism. Non believers shouldn't do like the religious biggots who always found a way to ban anything that could remotely hamper religion's control over society. Galileo still weeps in his grave.

However, religion should not be mixed with politics, education and profession in general (like the London bus driver who stopped driving in the middle of his job to pray, wth?!). Religion should strictly remain a private matter. Not a state affair. I like how countries like France and Germany are handling this issue, although there are still some things to improve on.

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yes i throw my full weight behind this

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Abolishing religion implies using force to stop people from believing whatever they want to believe. This would qualify as a form of tyranny.

People should always be free to believe whatever they want especially when they have been informed of the available alternatives.

I think a better approach will be to educate people well enough at the very least, encourage critical thinking early in their education.

The provision of some forms of general safety mechanisms, which would drastically reduce the feeling that control of basic situations is out of the hands of the individual members of the society e.g social security, health security etc will also go a long way to mitigate the effects of religion.

This is a fallacious statement. Do you really think that if someone stopped believing in a god that such a person would start going about stealing, murdering and Molesting people? Some of the things taught by religion about right and wrong really should not be practiced in this day and age.

It can also fail people in a way that nothing else can.

The placebo effect is not healing. So which religion do you think is the best option?

If God does exist, nobody knows what will happen.

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I seem to keep getting lost when people use the term RELIGION. Honestly religion is a much bigger term embracing even our own african traditions so removing it will leave people where?

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@ Agathamary -

Einstein was not an atheist.

He had a perception of the FIRST CAUSE or PRIME MOVER which he regarded as impersonal. He did not believe in the Judaic idea of a big daddy sitting in the skies flinging down manna.

My perception of the Godhead has been said to be vague by many people: this does not make me an atheist.

Crucially, you should note that Einstein in all the quotes you presented qualified his statements -

   -he said he did not beleive in a personal God

   -he said from the point of view of a Jesuit priest, he would be seen as an atheist.

Clear now?

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"It is better to live your life as if there are no Gods, and try to make the world a better place for your being in it. If there is no God, you have lost nothing and will be remembered fondly by those you left behind. If there is a benevolent God, He will judge you on your merits and not just on whether or not you believed in Him."

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the people dat says there is no God will be the onces dat first shout "God help me" when they are involve in an accident. i have seen it happen

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What has the disease called atheism offered anybody?

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every place on this planet has suffered from this stigma, disease called religion. it offers no good.

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Do we want to? Religion is one of the few things stopping a lot of people making bad choices. If we were to abolish religion all of the life lessons that were taught to us by religion about right and wrong would be lost. I'm not religious but the only thing stopping religious people from hurting over people is their fear of God and going to hell. I'm aware of zealots using religion as an excuse for terrorism but I truely believe it prevents more crime then it causes. Not only that religion can give people hope in a way that nothing else can. It can give people strength and heal people in a way I guess similar to a placebo. Finally isn't a good idea to be just a little bit religious? Just in case? I always feel it's best to keep all options open. Whats gonna happen if God does exist? you guys who want to abolish religion are gonna have red faces.

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is there a particular reason you seem to enjoy annoying me?

this is for you:  From a correspondence between Ensign Guy H. Raner and Albert Einstein in 1945. Einstein responds to the accusation that he was converted by a Jesuit priest: "I have never talked to a Jesuit prest in my life. I am astonished by the audacity to tell such lies about me. From the viewpoint of a Jesuit priest I am, of course, and have always been an atheist."

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God bless the poster, i have always said, religion of all kind no maatter the structure they assume have done more damage than good.

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Does your religion (whatever it is) encourage people to take the Lord's name in vain (whatever 'Lord' you have in your religion) - and then applaud such behaviour? Please tell me: in your own religion, what morality comes out of taking 'the Lord's name' in vain?

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i dont understand how people can believe in a religion who says knowledge is bad

a religious idea that says if you live an evil life and later repent you can go into heaven, but if you live a moral life take the lords name in vain and have a heart attack youll go to hell

"christians, like slaves and soldiers, ask no questions"

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What is your definition of what constitutes a religious belief system (religion), and why does that exclude christianity?

I have checked the dictionaries and cant find anything that will exclude christianity from being defined as a religion.

It is what it is. Why the denial?

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i agree with you, abolish religion then only christainity will remain because it is not a religion but a way of life

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thoughts like this is why religion should be contained.

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it not what one can say in a sentence only tru studies. check the bible and see the life of christ. if it where a religion the then religion will not persicute Jesus. read very closly at Jesus life in the bible

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