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Religious Bullying: Vulnerability and Violence April 18, 2011

Posted by thegodless in atheism.
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Much can be learned by observing how a particular religion reacts to opposition. I wouldn’t dare guess what it is in particular that makes Religionists freak out and attack, but I can say with some certainty that it is their own vulnerability mixed with an extreme lack of empathy and a desperate need for attention that assists them in behaving in this manner.

When a Religionist lashes out or shoves their beliefs down your throat, there is really nothing taking place that differentiates it from bullying. Psychologists used to believe that bullying was caused by a person’s lack of self-esteem, but it is now widely agreed upon that most bullying is caused by narcissism and a lack of personal responsibility. What in this world gives a person less personal responsibility than a savior based religion? Surrounded by frustration, anger, and like minded people, it would not take a person much effort to read the Quran and come away with a worldview that not only takes away personal responsibility, but also rewards someone for giving it up; hence virgins for suicide bombers.

Our reality has been so twisted by religious superstitions that we may be incapable of collectively pushing our way forward, but at the very least, if the civilized world gets attacked again, we should really consider sending counselors instead of bombs.