It's an incredible con job when you think about it, to believe something now in exchange for something after death. Even corporations with their reward systems don't try to make it posthumous.
The religious persecution of the ages has been done under what was claimed to be the command of God.
Susan B. Anthony
Suppose we've chosen the wrong god. Every time we go to church we're just making him madder and madder.
The intelligent beings in these regions should therefore not be surprised if they observe that their locality in the universe satisfies the conditions that are necessary for their existence. It is a bit like a rich person living in a wealthy neighborhood not seeing any poverty.
My mother was Southern Irish, and I was brought up as a devout Catholic. In fact, at one point I thought I'd become a priest, but I'd have made an appalling priest anyway... At 16, I asked all these monks some serious questions and they didn't come up with the answers, and I just decided I didn't believe in God.
The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.
George Bernard Shaw
Truth in matters of religion is simply the opinion that has survived.
I count religion but a childish toy,
And hold there is no sin but ignorance.
Religion is against women's rights and women's freedom. In all societies women are oppressed by all religions.