Question was just posed to me in another thread and I thought it was important enough to have it's own thread to be cleared up. I have addressed this on other sites and in person with people that actually know me, but people always want to know, what is it about religion and the idea of god that I seem to hate so much. Well, I'll start with a question of my own. Do YOU value truth? Not "truth" how the holy books pervert the word, but do you value WHAT IS TRUE? I do. My answer COULD begin and end at I do not wish to support things which are false. Every religion that matters, that is, religions that claim they hold the absolute correct reflection of reality and the afterlife, have been shown to have more plot holes in their books than The Matrix. So just on the fact that these religions aren't TRUE, I oppose them. However in the context of the world we live in, I hate them for other reasons. Despite there being no evidence to speak of to show ANY of these religions and empirically true, we have social rules, norms, even actual laws that cater to the "values" in these religions. With VERY few exceptions (notice, I did give credit to exceptions), religion has stunted humanity' growth every god damned step of the way. Opposing most all forms of science at every juncture because the more we know about the world around us the less we have to make up. Religions desires to keep you willfully ignorant of the actual state of reality so that you remain loyal to it. So now, not only is religion NOT true, but it SUPPRESSES ACTUAL TRUTH. With that in mind, I have more than enough contempt for religion, but it goes a step further even. The archaic "morality" within these "holy" books is absolutely absurd. All the books manage to do morally is turn every believer into a hypocrite. Is everything in the holy bible bad? No. There are tenants of the faith that are respectable. But you CAN'T follow everything in the bible and even hope to be a good person. That's because your example for most of the book is the biblical god. I mean yea his son shows up for act two briefly, but daddy gets most of the screen time. And let's face it, "daddy" is a psychopathic, ego maniacal, petty, trivial, evil son of a bitch. If you acted like the god of the bible you'd act like..well..a fucking asshole. So the over arching theme from this bitch ass deity is "Do as I say, not as I do". So as a result people cherry pick religion for what they want to get out of it. They use it to discriminate, divide and oppress. There's more but this is the abridged overview. So the question I pose, is to the other atheists. What do you have against religion?