Is getting people to give up religion like getting people to give up smoking?

In my country, the government has been on a crusade to get people to stop smoking for the last few years. There are graphic TV advertisements showing things like gangrene and cancer operations, cigarette packets have graphic pictures on them and the tax on cigarettes is astronomical. The thing is, people still smoke. This is similar with religion don’t you think so? I mean, in the case of religion, the government would probably prefer people under the yoke of organized religion, but then again, if they don’t stop polluting the minds of children with their nonsensical delusions, technological progress will suffer. But it seems that no matter how much logic and reason is thrown at some people and no matter how many times you explain to them that science and common sense proves the bible wrong, they still keep believing in it. Should we put graphic images on the bible of horrors caused by religion like 9/11 and the inquisition? Or heavily tax the bible making industry? There must be something we can do…

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6 Responses to “Is getting people to give up religion like getting people to give up smoking?”

  1. aessamenevrah said:

    I guess you just have to WANT to quit.

  2. helen.skye said:

    Same can be said of atheism, honey.

    Look at communist China and Stalin’s Russia….

    Shall we post up those horrors too?

    Or perhaps we should just let people have freedom of thought if not freedom of speech (‘cos let’s face it that’s a big fat lie!)

  3. Captain Copasetic said:

    More like crack or heroin.

  4. Schnurrbart said:

    For the last time, socialism and communism, two economic systems with no backing from scientific evidence that they work or make us better people, are religions themselves. Those people may not believe in god, but they believe in their leaders, or are at least required to pay lip service in order to survive. Two of last century’s greatest Atheists, Ayn Rand and Betrand Russell, among others, held this idea as self-evident.

    Getting people to give up Christianity would be like convincing a young child that his parents are liars and they’d be better off getting jobs and living alone. Giving up Christianity, for many people, usually entails abandoning their families, and their church, which is probably most of their friends as well. And even if they don’t go to church, just the idea that they’re united with others under the same beliefs is enough connection to keep them interested.

  5. jefferyspringer57@sbcglobal.net said:

    Alternative; For people to realize that the scriptural old tetament is the law of Moses; not Genesis-Malachi (one of Satan’s T or F test(s)).
    Difference (for starters; Genesis is not scriptural old testament; creation (ch. 1), a woman’s pain at child birth (ch. 3), the rainbow (ch. 9), multiple languages (Ch.11).
    This discernment start to make more sense presently?

  6. James O said:

    Are you advocating atheist crusades and inquisitions like those of the murderous Antitheist Communists?
    They used words just like yours and soon put them into violent effect.
    Please read The League of the Godless




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Is getting people to give up religion like getting people to give up smoking?

In my country, the government has been on a crusade to get people to stop smoking for the last few years. There are graphic TV advertisements showing things like gangrene and cancer operations, cigarette packets have graphic pictures on them and the tax on cigarettes is astronomical. The thing is, people still smoke. This is similar with religion don’t you think so? I mean, in the case of religion, the government would probably prefer people under the yoke of organized religion, but then again, if they don’t stop polluting the minds of children with their nonsensical delusions, technological progress will suffer. But it seems that no matter how much logic and reason is thrown at some people and no matter how many times you explain to them that science and common sense proves the bible wrong, they still keep believing in it. Should we put graphic images on the bible of horrors caused by religion like 9/11 and the inquisition? Or heavily tax the bible making industry? There must be something we can do…

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6 Responses to “Is getting people to give up religion like getting people to give up smoking?”

  1. aessamenevrah said:

    I guess you just have to WANT to quit.

  2. helen.skye said:

    Same can be said of atheism, honey.

    Look at communist China and Stalin’s Russia….

    Shall we post up those horrors too?

    Or perhaps we should just let people have freedom of thought if not freedom of speech (‘cos let’s face it that’s a big fat lie!)

  3. Captain Copasetic said:

    More like crack or heroin.

  4. Schnurrbart said:

    For the last time, socialism and communism, two economic systems with no backing from scientific evidence that they work or make us better people, are religions themselves. Those people may not believe in god, but they believe in their leaders, or are at least required to pay lip service in order to survive. Two of last century’s greatest Atheists, Ayn Rand and Betrand Russell, among others, held this idea as self-evident.

    Getting people to give up Christianity would be like convincing a young child that his parents are liars and they’d be better off getting jobs and living alone. Giving up Christianity, for many people, usually entails abandoning their families, and their church, which is probably most of their friends as well. And even if they don’t go to church, just the idea that they’re united with others under the same beliefs is enough connection to keep them interested.

  5. jefferyspringer57@sbcglobal.net said:

    Alternative; For people to realize that the scriptural old tetament is the law of Moses; not Genesis-Malachi (one of Satan’s T or F test(s)).
    Difference (for starters; Genesis is not scriptural old testament; creation (ch. 1), a woman’s pain at child birth (ch. 3), the rainbow (ch. 9), multiple languages (Ch.11).
    This discernment start to make more sense presently?

  6. James O said:

    Are you advocating atheist crusades and inquisitions like those of the murderous Antitheist Communists?
    They used words just like yours and soon put them into violent effect.
    Please read The League of the Godless




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