I'm talking about all religions and every religion in general. What are your reasons?
Religion and religious persons impose their faith into public policy and politics. Where it clearly doesn't belong.
Religion is still very much mediatory in the schools of nations such as Republic of Ireland, where it has no place. Churches were built for a reason. This makes many members of other faiths and no faiths feel uncomfortable and excluded during a time when young persons find it difficult to fit in as it is. It isn't a matter of talking about religion, but actively telling young persons to practice it mandatory.
Many nations make it difficult for the non-religous to have any sort of successful career in politics (and being honest about their lack of faith at the same time)
Many religious groups impose their views of abortion on others and seek to make abortion illegal. Because of religion in other nations it now is or has been for sometime, outlawed medial practice. Abortion is not murder, murder is the illegal killing of a human being, not a pre-human being.
Religion demonises many educational fields in contrast with its doctrine, such as certain aspects of history and many accepted theories
There have been cases in the United States and some other country where person's have lost their jobs due to lack of faith or alternative faiths and sometimes on the bases of sexual orientation (which is thought to be justified because of certain beliefs)
Religion tries to justify many forms of discrimination including but not limited to, homophobia, sexism, racism and class
Certain nations such as Iran and Uganda take their discrimination justified by religious beliefs a step further by improving atheists and murdering homosexuals
Religion has caused many to rebel against its corruption. While this mostly occurs in changing religions or declaring oneself atheist; that is not always the next direction for some. For some they take that faith and change it for their own purposes, often resulting in more extreme and harmful faith systems mostly regarded as cults. These cults involve all sorts of dangerous acts, such as mass suicide and sometimes violent attacks of non-beleivers of their faith.
Religion has literally caused people to go to war due to the influence of the faith and disagreement with certain policies based on religious beliefs (especially when a doctrine influences such actions)
After 600 AD, the Church took spoonfeeding to a whole new level:
By 500 CE, the Bible had been translated into over 500 languages. Just one century later, by 600 CE, it has been restricted to only one language: the Latin Vulgate. The only organized and recognized church at that time in history was the Catholic Church of Rome, and they refused to allow the scripture to be available in any language other than Latin. Those in possession of non-Latin scriptures would be executed!
This was because only the priests were educated to understand Latin, which gave the church ultimate power to rule without question, to deceive, and to extort money from the masses. Nobody could question their “Biblical” teachings, because few people of the time could read at all, and still fewer, other than priests, could read Latin. The church capitalized on this forced-ignorance through the 1,000 year period from 400 CE to 1,400 CE known as the Dark Ages, during which time, Europe stagnated.
And yet the church often highlights Jesus' disdain for the religious authorities of his day...I see too many similarities. And for the protestant fundamentalists (at least for a number of them) the only "true" Bible is the King James Bible - one of the worst translations in the entire English language. All others they would rather burn and call people who own other translations heretics.
Actually, if you'll follow the link above, you'll find an interesting history of the Bible, all the way to the KJV and beyond.
@Barry - then the emphasis should be on encouraging people to "think" - whatever that might mean. Buddhists talk about cultivation and "deep concentration", which covers a lot of things. People should be given the proper tools for doing systematic analysis and possible way out of some situation or problem.
Also, sound, clear principles to guide them which can be worked out from scratch in 15 seconds flat.
Exactly, Simon! This was the emphasis I tried to encourage in the church. In my first church I worked as a leader in, they accepted my process. Questioning one's faith is the strongest guide in learning about oneself and how they see their life's "mission" being fulfilled. It also allows, without restriction, the opportunity for one to express his or herself without fear of judgement. What resulted was a community that was more accepting of differences. In the second, such thought and practice was absolutely rejected, and any dissension in thought was immediately and harshly "disciplined."
I am actually in the process of brainstorming exactly what you speak of.
The Buddhists say that cultivation is achieved through self-discipline, deep concentration and intuitive wisdom.
I can think of two kinds of deep concentration: trying to decide what is the right thing to do; and discovering and acknowledging one's deepest feelings about things.
The second one ties in with the ego: one of the jobs of the ego is to allow us to process reality, and one of the goals of wisdom is to be able to see reality clearly and to remove illusion.
And the Prime reason:
Religion is Pure Unadulterated Bull Shit.
This just in: in North Carolina, the bill to establish a "state religion" has been officially killed.