is it time to eradicate religion?
As much as I would like to throw religion under the bus, I think it's more important to let people choose their own belief systems. I just wish people were able to make those choices from an educated position and not from indoctrination (usually as a child).
Instead of getting rid of religion let's get rid of Faith Based Reasoning. Let's stop trying to convince people that the idea of "just have Faith and everything will work out" is a good thing. It's not. It's a bad thing which goes counter to every natural instinct we use in our daily lives. Nobody walks out into traffic with their eyes closed and trusts to Faith to save them. Nobody expects the rocks on the ground to suddenly float away just because they have Faith. Having Faith that something is real when everything you know and everything you experience tells you that it's not, is not an admirable trait, it's just delusional thinking and it should not be encouraged.
Let's teach children to think clearly and not threaten them with eternal torment if they don't have Faith in what they are told. Let's let them grow up free from guilt and threats so they can make their own choices. Let's see if religion can survive that.