The root of the word "religion" is usually traced to the Latin religare
(re: back, and ligare: to bind), so that the term is associated with
We call it religion because it has nothing to do with reality.
Religion is: like a blind man looking in a black room for a black cat that isn't there, and finding it.
Religion is: an insult to human dignity.
Religion is: the best run protection racket ever!
Religion is: is a way to drive a wedge between groups of people who are not different in any outwardly visible way.
Religion is: the motherlode of bad ideas.
Religion is: a dangerous mental virus and mental illness.
Religion is:: the glorification of voluntary ignorance.
Religion is:: giving people hope in a world torn by religion.
Religion is: and always has been in the business of selling you an invisible product.
Religion is: not noticing that the invisible and the non-existent look very much alike.
Religion is: the art of sugar coating a turd and selling it to you as a doughnut.
Religion is: for people who are too busy to think for themselves.
Religion is: regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
Religion is: an ever receding pocket of scientific ignorance.
Religion is: supporting child sacrifice. God sacrificed his own son.
Religion is: having virgin priests rape small boys and girls.
Religion is: how stupidity became a virtue.
Religion is: about the barbarism of circumcision and the mutiliation of children's genetalia.
Religion is: willful ignorance, promoted as a virtue.
Religion is: like circumcision. If you wait until someone is 21 to tell them about it, they probably won't be interested.
Religion is: making a virtue of not having to think for yourself.
Religion is: about making false promises and exagerated claims
Religion is: is ignorance on steroids.
Religion is: mass psychosis.
Religion is: a clinical psychotic reaction.
Religion is: mob mentality at its worst.
Religion is: the insanity of humanity.
Religion is: like history class without any facts.
Religion is: the purposeful suspension of critical thinking.
Religion is: the arrogance of its certitude
Religion is: giving people without any answers all the answers
Religion is: people watching The Flintstones as though it was a documentary
Religion is: about superstition and the supernatural.
Religion is: about cultivating ignorance.
Religion is: a set of bad ideas that drive bad behaviour.
Religion is: a triumph of ignorance over intelligence
Religion is: what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
Religion is: the propagation of idiocy.
Religion is: organized fraud.
Religion is: detrimental to the progress of society.
Religion is: a force that must die in order that mankind can live.
Religion is: where brains are tenderly washed, disinfected and made usable again.
Religion is: what the clergy peddles to feed themselves.
Religion is: what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
Religion is: believing when common sense tells you not to.
Religion is: is what allows perfectly sane people to believe by the billions what only lunatics could believe on their own.
Religion as a Disease
Religion is a transmissible mental illness of an unusual nature - one transmitted by memes. In this way, it is a mental virus.
Signs and Symptoms
Religion comes in many strains, but all are characterized by a crippling suppression of critical thinking skills. In most people, religion is not severe, and only suppresses critical thinking abilities in a way that protects the "memetic lesion" (usually located in the right parietal lobe). However, more virulent strains exist that cause the sufferer to lose all signs of rational thought, or even become violent and murderous. This is evolutionarily advantageous to the belief because it allows the virus to spread by eliminating competing variants through destroying or converting their hosts.
Religion evolved with many different transmission methods. Most chronic carriers transmit it passively to their children. However, in a certain percentage of carriers (the chance is influenced by which strain you are infected with) the disease affects their behavior in a manner that increases the efficiency of transmission. This is similar to such diseases as toxoplasmosis (caused by Toxoplasma gondii), which changes the behavior of rats in order to continue the parasite's life cycle in cat's intestines, and certain fungal infections of ants.
Additionally, in a unique adaptation, it can actually induce some hosts to create complicated fomites in the form of religious texts that can implant the meme in anyone who reads it. These can last for a few days, such as simple pamphlets, to thousands of years, such as in the case of stone carvings. Disturbingly, these fomites can serve as templates to create new, nearly identical fomites.
Certain strains of religion are common in certain areas, while almost nonexistent in others. As such, we will consider each major subgroup separately.
Judaism is endemic to the Middle East. Its belief system is rather similar to its main descendant, Christianity (see below) in its stance on women, LGBT people, and doctrine, as well as most virulence traits (see below). Its main influence has been the creation of two descendants - Christianity and Islam.
Christianity is an extremely common form of religion. Most holders in certain areas tend to show localized thought lesions, and many die without experiencing many ill effects. However, the American South, parts of Africa, and most infamously in a part of Rome (where a dangerous strain known as Catholicism, which seems to be correlated with increased rates of child molestation in its hosts) virulent forms of the disease cause massive damage and irrational behavior in the hosts in almost all activities and thoughts.
Islam is an epidemic in the Middle East and parts of India. Islam currently mimics a state Christianity went through in its evolution, where it was more virulent and dangerous to its host - a risky strategy for any disease which requires its host to survive, and although fomite production by the infected is a nontrivial factor in allowing the disease to survive without a human host, populations that survive an infection as deadly as that tend to build up resistance. Violence towards LGBT people, women, and those infected by other strains/the noninfected is grossly exaggerated in those infected by this strain. Patient zero was most likely a man called Mohammed, who most likely suffered temporal lobe seizures as evidenced by his "visions" and perceived conversations with a figment of his imagination. I will write more, including virulence factors, prevention and treatment if this gets support.
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