Saturday, August 27, 2016

People are leaving religion mostly due to science. Yea science!

Courtesy of CNET: 

Pew's latest study is an offshoot of its 2014 Religious Landscape Survey, in which it found that 78 percent of those with no religion were raised with one, but have since shed their religious identity. 

Pew re-contacted 5,000 of the 35,071 surveyed to ask why they left their affiliation behind. Almost half of those who were brought up in the religious firmament explained that whatever belief they had had simply disappeared. 

One reason cited by many? Science. 

Pew offered one quote that will surely move some, including Neil DeGrasse Tyson: "I'm a scientist now, and I don't believe in miracles." 

Other reasons offered might also excite rationalists. For example: "Learning about evolution when I went away to college." It took that long?

Remember my earlier post about the Orthodox Jews not wanting girls to attend college?

Yeah, well this is why.

Let's face it religion is threatened by science.

And as it turns out the reverse is true as well.


  1. Anonymous4:40 AM

    But the reverse threat is in no way equal or similar. Religion is threatened by the passive existence of science.

    For science to be threatened by religion, religionists have to act aggressively against it, as sadly, they are, both politically and internally.

  2. Randall6:02 AM

    You know what the REAL magic in religion is?
    "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
    That's it.
    THAT is the big 'secret' behind damn near every religion on Earth.
    And I find it amazing how many 'religious people' missed that.
    Read your 'holy' book again and tell me I'm wrong...

    1. A. J. Billings8:08 AM

      Way over simplified, and your premise leaves out all the serious crimes, wars, conflicts, aggression, subversion, murder, rape, slavery, and abuse that religions have foisted on human societies since the beginning.

      The "Holy" books have a metric ton of horrificly awful mandates:

      CHristianity, New Testament

      Romans 1:32 Gays deserve death
      Ephesians 6:5 Slavery supported and condoned.
      Ephesians 5:22 Wives must submit to husbands as unto god

      Quran (8:39) - "And fight with them until there is no more fitna (disorder, unbelief) and religion is all for Allah

      Quran (9:29) -
      "Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued." "People of the Book" refers to Christians and Jews

      Judaism, (Old Testament)
      Rape costs 50 pieces of silver
      Deut 22, : 28-29
      Pretending to be a virgin on your wedding day is worthy of being stoned to death.
      Deut 22:21
      Women captured in battle are to be murdered, but you can save the virgins for yourself to rape, and hand them out as concubines.
      Num. 31:17–18
      Working on the Sabbath means you should die.
      Exodus 35:2

  3. Anonymous6:04 AM

    Religion controlled knowledge - and thereby ignorance - for centuries. That combined with killing non-believers pretty much accounts for how it still exists at all.

    "Civilization will not attain to its perfection until the last stone from the last church falls on the last priest."
    -Émile Zola

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  5. Anonymous7:47 AM

    College? I happened upon evolution in the encyclopedia I read at age 9 (in 1967, mind you) and that was it for me for religion. Sure I had to mouth the words and do all the stupid shit my parents wanted me to, but once I got out of their hair I never bothered with it again.
    They blamed themselves, of course, but I told them what happened to me at age 9 and they were astounded. I told them reading further about what religious people did to those who didn't believe made me cover up my true beliefs (none) so I would not suffer for it.

  6. Anonymous7:49 AM

    I knew in elementary school that Sunday school/church held nothing for me. I was forced to go, dressed up, and dropped off at the door. I soon learned to just go to the small park across the street (Nature). When I saw people coming out, I went over and pretended I had been there. Fortunately no one ever asked what I had learned that day, cause I have always been terrible at lying.

    As a teen, I once again attended a church because my mother wanted to go. I went to a couple of teen workshops at the minister's house. It didn't take long before he cornered my away from the others, leering at me. I am now no more than 5'2", and back then a bit shorter. My reaction to that was "Back off buddy, unless you want to be singing soprano with the choir this week.". Of course when I told my mother about it she didn't believe me. He was fired a couple of years later for 'unreported reasons'.

    So, what I learned:
    Religion is about power, money, and sex. I don't need church to be subdued, fleeced of my money, or for sex.

    Most of the time I am rude to those idiots who come to my door wanting to preach, unless I am having an evil streak. Then I can confound them by knowing more about their stone age book than they do, and knowing what questions they cannot answer. I may have converted a few in my time.

    I found recently that Mormons are now sending young girls to do their dirty work.

  7. Anonymous7:57 AM

    "A local government meeting in the state of Alaska began with an invocation of the Devil. " HARVARD PEOPLE!

    1. Anonymous9:12 AM

      "A local government meeting in the state of Alaska began with an invocation of the Devil. " ?????

      They prayed to Sarah Palin???

    2. Anonymous9:42 AM

      In Soldotna:

  8. Anonymous2:12 PM

    Look at the embarrassing numbers of Americans that believe in creationism.

    Who is it that is leaving religion due to science?


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