Is organized religion bad for society?
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Is organized religion bad for society?

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Secularists argue organized religion is bad because it enables bad people to do bad things in its name. They point to things like opposition to gay marriage, violence done in the name of religion, and misconduct of religious leaders as proof that religion ultimately leaves society worse off. However, religious groups say it's unfair to make generalizations about 84 percent of the world. Organized religion gives people meaning and inspires them to do good; the good outweighs the bad. What do you think?

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#ReligionIsBad
66.8%
#ReligionIsGood
33.2%

Secularists say the problem with organized religion is the fact that it enables and justifies bad actions. Organized religion may do a lot of good in the world, but it also feeds into people's worst behaviors.

A lot of the attacks brought against organized religion are not unique to organized religion. Sure, people do bad things in the name of religion, but people also do bad things in the name of politics or sports or money. Here, /u/BlindWillieJohnson replies to a post on the /r/ChangeMyView subreddit, which argues society should move past religion. 

TL;DR: Organized religion is not uniquely bad—it's just humans. 

Post by Dustin Kline.
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