Would the world be better off without religion? | The Tylt

Would the world be better off without religion?

A new study claims queer teenagers raised with strong religious beliefs are more likely to attempt suicide. Critics of organized religion say this is yet another example of how religion foments hatred, castes, subjugation, corruption, and war. But others say religion reassures humans about death, offers a code of morality, and gives us sustenance during tragedy. Many of our greatest peace advocates were deeply religious. What do you think? ✝️ ☪️ ✡️ ☯️

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The results of this study claim LGBT kids raised in strongly religious environments had far higher rates of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. If your creed causes children to want to kill themselves? Maybe it might be time to re-examine the tenets of your faith.

Some of America’s largest religious denominations still hold non-affirming views of queer sexuality. Roman Catholic Church doctrine views gay and lesbian relationships as “intrinsically disordered.” The largest Protestant denomination in the U.S., the Southern Baptist Convention, sees marriage as exclusively reserved for one man and one woman and actively rejects equating gay rights with civil rights.
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Others argue religion helps people in their darkest hours. Faith in God has helped addicts to recover, criminals to reform and grieving families to move forward. Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Johnny Cash were all deeply religious men and demonstrated their faith with incredible good works.

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But others point out that religion does a great deal of harm. Many religious texts advocate obedience, conformity and the idea that humans are inherently evil and sexuality is wrong. They endorse slavery, racism and the subjugation of women. Depending on your religion and how you were raised with it, you could turn out to be Gandhi.... or you could turn out to be Fred Phelps.

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Despite child abuse scandals, wars, justification for slavery, and homophobia, Joseph Harker argues that religion is still a force for good:

The power of religion is that it offers clarity and the opportunity for regular self-assessment, in an atmosphere of genuine humility. The world doesn't revolve around "me"; I have to contribute to the world. Whenever I attend my local church we are exhorted to share, to love, to care for others, to forgive: that the meaning of life is not to be found in material things, but in looking after our fellow humans.
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