i have no doubts that atheist are swell people too. I was an atheist, after all, for most of my life
however, i think that the world would be just as violent without religion. That was part of the point of the South Park episode. And I agree with it. Science and logic without compassion can be used to justify some really horrendous things.
The greatest killers of the last century stalin, hitler, Benito Mussolini, and other totalitarians all tended towards atheistic beliefs. Thats not a condemnation of atheism. Only a suggestion that it would not lead to the green fields, sunshine, and flowers that you are seeking.
sure we may not have jihadi bombers, but we would probably have something else in its place (eco-terrorists?). And in comparison to stalin, hitler, Benito Mussolini, etc their impact on ending human lives has been negligable.
Hitler was a devout catholic though, but you could easily replace him with Mao who killed an estimate of 60-80 million of his own people. Sure, communism has killed an enormous amount of people and it's not theistic, but communism is dead and will hopefully remain so for a long time.
USA is actually the biggest problem when it comes to religion. For some peculiar reason americans are very religious, when Europe is waking up more and more, how could that be? It's very strange as the pattern shows that wealth generally decrease religious tendencies. If USA would have been more atheist, it'd be a great signal to the rest of the world that the richest continents are the least religious.
"Christianity is the truth and islam is fake and awful" - "Islam is the truth and christianity is fake and awful" The only conclusion a sane person can draw is that both are fakes, as both can't be right.
The Quran and bible are interesting as psychological tests. Simply put, if one person claims to have seen a God of some kind, he's considered crazy, but when a million people think there's a specific god, they're not crazy. Try to look at the religions from a different perspective and you can't stop laughing over how ridiculous it all is. Some people devote their whole lives to religions that are completely fake... waste of time?
Even if my country is very atheistic, my generation is a bit stupid, and now that we've received a ridiculous amount of war refugees(thanks a lot Bush) who bring Islam over here, I'm afraid they will get some swedes fooled too. There's even been a muslim group who wanted to bring some Sharia-laws in here!
The best way to get rid of religions is to not give it any space, the school kids today don't have to visit church much and the schools don't have any religious preaching anymore, which seem to have a good effect, so we have to make sure the muslim refugees won't be given any space.
/I just rant a lot, making my text very arrhythmic =) Even if no ones reading it I like to write to get my thoughts together, I guess a lot of people do the same?