smartmoney saidAll your cults promise something they never deliver, like 72 virgins in heaven, or eternal whatever.
I have never met a smart religious person. You are either a lemming or you are not, your choice.
I'm fairly in disagreement with you on this one, SmartMoney--I personally understand the point, and kind of agree from an emotional angle ("Why don't these people just see the obvious!?!?").
But the truth of it is, most people are born into a religion, and aren't taught the critical thinking skills necessary to come to terms with their religion's authenticity--or, also common, they learn critical thinking skills, but have barriers constructed by their family or church to prevent them from turning those skeptical reasoning skills on
to their religion. They just don't think about doing it, because they're trained not to--and if they do, they're trained to feel guilty for doing so.
So I can't exactly blame
people for being religious, because it's a deception that many of them were born into. And since I'm not a mind reader, I don't have the qualifications to determine whether someone is ignorant of their own religion due to willful ignorance, or whether it's because their brain was never sufficiently made open to receiving new information that might put their belief in jeopardy.
As for the claim about "never having met a smart religious person," if you're not speaking (or, typing) hyperbole, remember just how many people on this planet are
religious. You have lawyers, educators, doctors, surgeons, scientists, professionals from every field imaginable, who are religious--people with tremendous qualifications and experience in their field, doing wonderful things--saving lives, helping others. I think it rather an insult to accuse everyone who holds a religious belief, of not being smart.
But again. If it was just hyperbole, then I won't paint crosshairs on you--though, I do wish hyperbole was used a lot less than it is now. Hyperbole is what leads to extremist reactions on both sides of an argument, and it makes no progress on issues whatsoever.