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A system whereby people look to supernatural forces or entities for guidance, protection, power, knowledge, etc.

Ideally, religion should be about soul-searching, personal betterment, open inquiry, honesty, community, compassion, and striving towards a higher plane of existence. Regrettably, throughout history religions have been created/perverted by the societal elite to maintain their power and oppress others. Unfortunately, it is because of such sins of the past (and present; see televangelist, religious right, gaybashing) that have contributed to a global increase of people unwilling to accept any kind of religion.
Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Shintoism, tribal shamanism, Zoroastrianism, Vodun (Voodoo), Mormonism, etc.
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The biggest lie in human history. It has been responsible for more deaths throughout human history than all other unnatural causes combined. For a thousand years the Church was a tyrannical dictatorship that used religion to control the uneducated masses. Free your minds and come into the 21st century
"Religion is the child of Ignorance and Fear"
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An excuse for willfully ignorant and stupid bigots to justify their intolerance and hate against people who are different than them (race, creed, gender, sexuality etc...)

Don’t let those assholes discourage you from believing in god since most religious people are good people.
Gay couple: Why did you vandalize our house?
Bible thumper: GOD HATES FAGS!!! THE BIBLE SAYS ADAM AND EVE, NOT ADAM AND STEVE!!! YOU PEOPLE ARE AN INSULT TO MY RELIGION!!!
Gay couple: But we didn’t choose to be gay, it's not our fault.
Bible thumper: That’s not true, there are camps where you can pray the gay away. I’ve been there twice and I got cured.
Gay couple: Are you sure you’re cured?
Bible thumper: (covers ears) BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH JESUS LOVES ME BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH!!!
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At its core, religion is adherence to a code of beliefs. Often bashed by evangelical atheists who don't understand that their belief in no god is itself a religion.

Also note that general religion or faith is not the same thing as organized religion. Organized religion is, theologically, man's interpretation of what God wants. For example, Christianity is a belief in God and Jesus (see the Bible for more specifics), and the organized religion of Catholocism (later, the Protestant faiths) was created to 'bring God to the people.'

Most faiths say basically the same thing (that there was one loving God, a flood, some prophets and some other stuff) but a lot of organized religions have been twisted into an excuse for people to kill each other (if theres one thing humans love more than killing each other, its doing it for a greater cause).
Everyone is a member of some religion, even if it's the religion of no religion. Now Deal With It kthx.
by C++ August 16, 2005
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1) the source of most of the world's problems (ei-discrimination, holocaust, homophobia, terrorism, etc...)
2)a common belief by a large group of weak minded people in an imaginary being that helps them cope with the fact that their miserable lives will end eventually
3)hipocrasy (ei-virginity=priests raping little boys, all are equal=gays should burn)
4)islam, christianity, wicca, satanism, jewdism
5)cults and a form of brainwashing
1)I am Bin Laden, my koran tell me to kill people who believe in a false god, good bye
2)Sick person-mommy i dont want to die
Mother of person-it's ok u'll be with god
Doctor-dont lie to a dying person!! son, it sucks for you, ur goin 2 decay slowly in a casket 6 feet under ground
3)Pastor-all people are created equal and should be treated so, now who wants 2 go 2 the anti-gay protest and watch some child pornos later?? an maybe we'll shoot some jew on the way to the protest!!!
4)Muslim person-I am a muslim, that means i practice Islam.
Christain guy-o well, who cares? we're christian, we're better than the rest of the world so ur goin 2 hell
5)JESUS LOVES YOU, FOLLOW THE BIBLE, IT SHALL LEAD YOU TO SALVATION, now hand over $5 for the collection basket or your going to hell
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A sociological institution that's true purpose is to protect the family structure (by alienating homosexuals) through guilt, self-doubt and fear by spouting the dogma of a man-made God in order to increase the reproductive rate of pre-industrial or medieval civilizations, which in turn increases a species overall chance of survival.

Up until about two hundred years ago religion was needed in order to keep high birth rates and control the masses; however today, religion is used as a tool to make war, confuse and psychologically damage people and promote hatred towards diversity
Religion ruined my life and turned me against blacks, jews and gays.
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A cult that dosn't end with suicide.
Hey Timothy, wanna join my new cul-I mean religion?
by Treg August 27, 2003
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