Religion, Morality, And Atheism

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In the generally fair conditions in the United States, many Americans may be unaware that events similar to Christianity’s counter-reformation are more of a current reality with other religions in other countries. As of February 2012, an Indonesian man, Alexander Aan, is serving 5 years in prison for a single Facebook post: “God doesn’t exist.” An event like this should certainly cause us to question our thoughts on religion and how much good it actually does. While some studies show that “religious people… donate more money to charities including non-religious charities,” specific religious groups have targeted and tortured others to enforce conversions to their religion. Prejudice against LGBTQ+ groups is widespread throughout religious groups as they claim their deities are against it. However, these are just a couple of examples showing just how unethical religions can appear to be. But these are only the connotations of religion, morality, and atheism. The true definition of religion is “an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or group of gods.” Note that morality has the separate definition of “beliefs about what is right and wrong behavior” and the counterpart of religion is atheism, or the lack of the “belief in the existence of a deity or deities.” These definitions are crucial to objectively viewing each argument when answering whether religion’s effects on different culture’s morals are positive or negative. The argument

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