It has been a couple of years since I gave up my religion but only now I've got Richard Dawkins' "The God Delusion" from a library. I though I already know all that could be said. Apparently not. One case has really infuriated me - and this is what happened in the USA which calls itself a "democracy" (text selected by me):
"A Christian faith-healer ran a 'Miracle
Crusade' which came to Mills's home town once a year. Among other
things, the faith-healer encouraged diabetics to throw away their
insulin, and cancer patients to give up their chemotherapy and pray for a
miracle instead. Reasonably enough, Mills decided to organize a
peaceful demonstration to warn people. But he made the mistake of going
to the police to tell them of his intention and ask for police
protection against possible attacks from supporters of the faith-healer.
The first police officer to whom he spoke asked, 'Is you gonna protest
fir him or 'gin him?' (meaning for or against the faith-healer). When
Mills replied, 'Against him,' the policeman said that he himself planned
to attend the rally and intended to spit personally in Mills's face as
he marched past Mills's demonstration. Mills decided to try his luck
with a second police officer. This one said that if any of the
faith-healer's supporters violently con- fronted Mills, the officer
would arrest Mills because he was 'trying to interfere with God's work'.
Mills went home and tried telephoning the police station, in the hope
of finding more sympathy at a senior level. He was finally connected to a
sergeant who said, 'To hell with you, Buddy. No policeman wants to
protect a goddamned atheist. I hope somebody bloodies you up good.'
Apparently adverbs were in short supply in this police station, along with the milk of human kindness and a sense of duty. Mills relates that he spoke to about seven or eight policemen that day. None of them was helpful, and most of them directly threatened Mills with violence."
First I though: "Somebody just have to do something about this situation!" And then my thoughts came to natural selection & evolution. Who is more likely so survive: one who goes to a trained doctor or one who throws away ones medicines and listens to a "faith-healer" instead? And in the countries where they deprive women (50 per sent of population) of education isn't their potential for new achievements and discoveries halved because of that? And imagine what harm could do denial of evolution in medicine if fanatics take control.
They may threaten or even harm others but they harm themselves even more. I do feel sorry for their innocent minors and whole naive uneducated brainwashed lot.