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Maybe feel sorry for isn't the exact right phrase. There is a little of that too I suppose but maybe it's more like a two-handed facepalm when I find out that someone I know turns out to be a god believer, an avid churchgoer or unironically engages in prayer. I won't disown, disavow or disrespect them, I do have a few friends and rellies whom I suspect probably believe the bullshit. Not that I really care what others choose to believe but to be completely honest just between you and me, in my head I can't help but lose at least a little respect for their intellect and mental acuity. If this makes me an arrogant prick with a superiority complex well I can live with that.

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Interesting thread here. I grew up in a Unitarian Church which is kind of a non-religion of a variety of recovering Christians, Jews and everything in between that want a spiritual community without dogma. The idea is you bring whatever faith background you come from and embrace a group of humanitarian principals that are more or less secular. 

That said, I never had the desire to be a part of a religious community as my parents did and lean closer to Buddhism and have always called myself agnostic but not necessarily Atheist. I tend to think there might be something beyond the physical "self" but it is unknowable and I cannot define it as I don't know what the other thing is, or if it exits at all. 

Really, what I believe is that humans, the only animal -as far as we know-with knowledge of our own mortality create myths we call religion to remain sane with the anxiety that comes with the knowledge of our mortality. Most of us don't want to die, so we tie ourselves up knots avoiding the only thing we know is true for all of us. The party will be over sooner than we probably want.  

I do think many of the world religions have, at their base, kernels of metaphorical universal truths but are all forms of mythology. The problem, as I see it, is the human desire to believe these mythologies as literal truth and to control and organize human behavior. 

Religion might have some value to me as parable and metaphor but good ole fundamentalism has really fucked up the world.  Humans can be brainwashed at a young age to believe in just about anything as gospel. 

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Some people can't get through the day without booze, some can't do it without weed, some choose to believe in something that makes them feel good. I'm not going to fault a person for that even if they spend half the day talking to that imaginary person. Shit, I spend half the day talking to myself and I don't think I'm that crazy.

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I hate religion as much as I hate capitalism and globalisation- which is to say a lot.

 

 Ironically l love religious buildings as works of art and human ingenuity (especially Christian churches).

 

With regards to religion,  most overtly religious types I have met are over entitled, self righteous, often cruel, selfish and the biggest hypocrites I have met.  This includes not just Christians but Mormons, Hindus and Muslims as well.

And organised religion is a plague upon humanity.

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