Sunday, February 13, 2011

What's the Harm?

For anyone and everyone who has wondered why anti-theists are so outspoken, there's

Or, for a sadder experience, there's the children of whatstheharm:

The site features such horrendous stories as that of 9-month-old Allyson Bergmann of Indiana
Allyson contracted bacterial meningitis which is medically treatable. Her parents belong to Faith Assembly, which rejects medical care in favor of prayer. Allyson's disease went untreated by anything other than prayer until she died. Her parents were convicted of reckless homicide.


Unfortunately, Allyson's case represents the norm rather than the extreme of the stories on whatstheharm. It just goes to show how much harm is done when people and society are incapable of critical thinking. And people claim that it is the atheists who are the ones without morals.

12 comments:

  1. Absolutely ridiculous. This is one of the reasons why I hate religious groups

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  2. I firmly hold my ground that religion is a delusion disorder, and the only reason it isnt diagnosed is religion gets its own special clause in the text-book definition of the mental disorder.

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  3. Indicators of a delusion

    The following can indicate a delusion:[5]

    1.The patient expresses an idea or belief with unusual persistence or force.
    2.That idea appears to exert an undue influence on the patients life, and the way of life is often altered to an inexplicable extent.
    3.Despite his/her profound conviction, there is often a quality of secretiveness or suspicion when the patient is questioned about it.
    4.The individual tends to be humorless and oversensitive, especially about the belief.
    5.There is a quality of centrality: no matter how unlikely it is that these strange things are happening to him, the patient accepts them relatively unquestioningly.
    6.An attempt to contradict the belief is likely to arouse an inappropriately strong emotional reaction, often with irritability and hostility.
    7.The belief is, at the least, unlikely, and out of keeping with the patient's social, cultural and religious background.
    8.The patient is emotionally over-invested in the idea and it overwhelms other elements of their psyche.
    9.The delusion, if acted out, often leads to behaviors which are abnormal and/or out of character, although perhaps understandable in the light of the delusional beliefs.
    10.Individuals who know the patient observe that the belief and behavior are uncharacteristic and alien.

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  4. Interesing post man!!

    $uporting return favor!!

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  5. Myself, theistic, and a scientist. Intelligent creation. I feel that deep down everyone has a divine impulse.

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  6. I myself am honestly Catholic but I love seeing what others believe and honestly, I do not care what anyone is. I mean i do but if you cool with me you cool with me! =)

    followed

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  7. i don't think i can eat my breakfast anymore.... these people are sick, what makes it worse is that by American law "praying" someone to death in such a way is perfectly legal.... they don't represent the whole of course there are nice Christians / Catholics who keep their ways but act properly under circumstances, see a doctor... this.. this is just wrong..these people are as bad as the "terrorist" Muslims out there extremists who take word from paper and use it as excuse to abandon humanity... despicable..

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  8. thanks...i hope a lot of people sees your blog!!
    this will open the eyes of many!

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