I'm pretty much anti-religion in all its manifestations. Having been raised in a highly religious milieu, attended religious schools, with two sisters in the Nunnery, and being a survivor or priestly molestation, I've pretty much believed all along that gods in general and religions and churches in particular have been the greatest source of evil in the world throughout most of human existence, ever since some smart feller invented the first god to scare his fellows into giving him their hard-won food. 
While moderate apologists may dismiss this as the fringe, here's an example of churchly evil at its most extreme. My argument is that this is not an aberration, but rather an extrapolation of fundamental christian belief carried to its logical conclusion.
I rest my case.

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Comment by Jon Heim on January 12, 2011 at 12:42am
It's not so much religion that I am absolutely against. It's the followers who use their religion to justify their actions.
Comment by Hank Ronan on January 12, 2011 at 3:18am

Religion is what sets the followers up to commit the vile acts in the name of their god or in defense of the honor of the prophet or defense of the religion itself. In Pakistan, giving insult to Islam is a capital offense. Salmaan Taseer was killed because he visited a Christian woman who had been condemned to death for insulting Islam. His murderer was lauded by religious authorities for his courage and religious zeal. It is the religion itself that is evil.

Good people will do good, and evil people will do evil. It takes religion to induce good people to do evil things.

Comment by Allen Sneed on January 12, 2011 at 11:25am
Unreasoned world views are usually more dangerous than reasoned ones.
Comment by Kirk Holden on January 12, 2011 at 2:47pm
The problem with evil is that there is no evil. Evil in discourse means unequivocal, ultimate and certain condemnation from the purely good and purely just standard bearer. That would be god my son.


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