- discrimination in favour of (and maintenance of the privileges of) a particular religion regardless of how many people continue to believe it – the untenable status quo;
- discrimination against minority faiths by those in the majority – who might, in some places or given time, be Muslims, Scientologists, or (god forbid) atheists; or
- or equal rights for all supernatural beliefs – a route to chaos.
Atheists should remember that the goal is to clear public space of belief, not private space.I disagree. Even religion in the private sphere is highly malevolent. It is difficult to generalize about religions. For example, according to your specific religion, you may believe in zero, one, or many deities. But certain themes do seem to recur:
- The devaluing of real human life by contrast with an afterlife (or even an endless succession of lives).
- The devaluing of real flesh and blood human beings by contrast with some kind of immaterial human essence.
- Neuroses about sex in general and the female sex in particular.
- Acceptance that certain things are true just because somebody once said they were true or because a certain community say they are true.
- Prejudice towards those who adhere to the “wrong” religion.
- Rejection of moral discourse. [see here for the point being made]