Should religion be eliminated

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Should religion be eliminated?

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    There's quite a bit of opposition to religion here. I am just wondering how many of you people believe religion should be eliminated. It's been tried before and failed, but don't let that deter you in your quest.

    Learn from their mistakes and give it another try.

    Why the Soviet attempt to stamp out religion failed | Giles Fraser: Loose canon
     
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    A hopeless man is a dangerous man... Remove hope and men will fight for their very existence against you...
     
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    There is no ‘opposition to religion’ on USMB.

    No one advocates for religion to be ‘eliminated.’
     
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    I don't really think it's possible to eliminate religion, per se. Religion (in a very broad sense) plays some fundamental role in what it means to be human. Specific religions though, and especially specific institutions of religion, inevitably change over time in any case, and some will fade and new ones will form.

    I think the world would be better if many existing religious organizations and institutions were to change pretty dramatically, and I tend to support various reform movements within religions. But I think the moral and human costs of trying to eliminate religion via authoritarian/totalitarian regimes (a la the USSR) are definitely far worse than the ills I associate with those institutions, so I don't believe it's a good social/political goal to try to eliminate them.
     
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    If it is bad as everyone says it is the logical conclusion would be to eliminate it. Right? Am I missing something?
     
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    Not exactly true. I advocate for the religion of statism is to be eliminated every day in some way or another.

    The state is the most destructive deity of all deities, hated or loved.
     
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    Acknowledging the fact that there is no ‘god’ as perceived by theists, and that religion and ‘god’ are creations of man is not to ‘oppose’ religion.

    Indeed, those free from religion are among the greatest advocates of religious expression and liberty; those free from religion will always be the first to defend religious liberty against attacks by government or unwarranted restrictions by the state.
     
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    What reform movements do you support?
     
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    I think it has moved beyond that.
     
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    Thanks. While I agree that political affiliation has taken a religious fervor, that isn't quite what I am talking about. Unless of course you think there is a specific interference from a specific religion that should be singled out and eliminated.
     

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