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Even if we ignore the issue of terrorism, I have a disagreement with many of my fellow atheists about the aspect of tradition.

It's true that religions created some very stupid traditions. It's also true that religions cemented other traditions by giving them divine justification which can only be challenged at great personal danger. However, I think it's significant that religions often end up perpetrating pre-existing traditions which weren't part of them (or which they were originally even meant to root out). Take honour killings, for example: an ancient Middle Eastern "custom" in which the statistically worst offenders aren't even Muslims but the Yazidi. Or consider the Christian idea of charity: originally supposed to be the distribution of wealth among the needy without expecting anything in return, turned into the wealthy giving droplets of their wealth to the needy in full expectation of thankfulness, praise, and prayers for a better afterlife.

In my mind, tradition is a greater and deeper evil than religion.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sun Jun 5th, 2016 at 11:45:10 AM EST

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