Dear Jan van Oort, as a humanist and atheïst I do not completely agree with you. It is not religion, but the use of religion (or any other system of values and norms) for evil purposes that is the problem. It does not help to declare religion as something from the Bronze Age, I think. Billions of living people believe in some God, or Gods. Transcendent anchors are a human need (the top of Maslow’s pyramid of needs). Most of the believers are living peacefully together, are good citizens, fulfilling their citizenship and their religious duties day after day. They are free to do so under any democratic constitution. On the contrary, everything the Trump is shouting on this subject is unconstitutional the moment it would be converted into policy, laws or action. Just like any populist he is racking up fear and hatred, without any real solution in sight. Talia makes clear how evil, condescending and unrealistic his cries are. That he actually wins so many votes gives me the shivers. Trump is a far bigger threat to humanity than the bulk of the believers. Finally, how about the atheïsts Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao and Hitler? Talking about morality from the Bronze Age. So: it is not religion or atheïsm, it is what we do with it.

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