Forever cursed is how I see organised religion. I call them corrupt or forever cursed, because that is exactly how I see them. They (the institutions) try to make amends by seeming to have mended their ways; but then somehow go back to their roots. Then you see them for what the really are, they were not trying to change; but trying to manipulate the public as a feeble attempt to sway them.
Now a lot of believers in organised faiths will take this as me attacking them personally. But the truth couldn’t be further. And they may even claim that hating their religion is hating their beliefs and their beliefs make them who they are. Well thats not entirely true either. It may seem that a person’s beliefs is who they are, but its not. Who you are as a person is shaped by the people around you and the experiences in life you have endured (both good and bad). A religious belief tries to dictate to you what to do, what to think, what to feel etc. It is manipulating the individual, stripping them from the core of their individuality and controlling them. It is controlling them to such an extent, that to them; they think its normal to not question certain things or rather trust certain things or ideas without question. They become accustomed to going through life based on fear. Organised religion thrives on fear. That fear causes people to not dare question their faith, in case that questioning is met with the consequence of eternal hellfire, suffering and torture etc. I do not believe that a person is who they are due to their beliefs. I believe they are not their true selves due to those beliefs. That is not to say that they cannot have any individuality at all; while holding beliefs of an organised faith. Many more liberally minded believers can and do balance or rather separate their faith from their everyday life (especially when interacting with others who do not share their faith). Of course those with a stricter interpretation; are less enlightened with such matters
But it is not the individuals fault they are the way the are. They are the victims of a corrupt superstitious organisation. For example, lets say you have friends or family working for a large corporate company. The type of company that pays their employees poorly, exploits them and uses cheap labour to produce their products . Its quite clear to you that this company is corrupt and too arrogant to admit it. But that doesn’t mean you hate your friends or family. In fact you might even understand that they have a dependency to remain in this company in order for them to pay the bills and feed themselves.
The same goes for religious institutions. They promote so much corruption and hatred. But that doesn’t mean that all their members are like that too. There are lots of Catholics for example who would disagree with the pope. But they depend on their religion, they feel a need for it psychologically. It gives them comfort believing that they get a reward when they die. I’m not saying there is any truth to that belief. But by believing it; it helps them get through life. I understand that and I sympathise with these people a great deal.
But this does not change the fact that organised religion is corrupt to the core or “forever cursed” as I say. Never evolving, never growing in philosophy, never expanding knowledge. Because they wont allow such things to occur, they wrongfully believe they are an authority and that they obtain ultimate knowledge and truth. A claim that not even the greatest scientific mind the world has ever known would dare to claim. Because if he or she did; they would be corrupt and wilfully dishonest.
So if anything I don’t necessarily hate theists. I just hate their upper management; which is corrupt.