I’d like to conclude this Chapter, and this book, with one last observation. We have covered pages and pages of bad religious ideas, but we’ve only touched upon the real and present danger some people do present when they live a life devoted to God. It’s impolite to infer this and illegal in America to say so in many situations. Most of the time we look the other way, change the topic, or smile politely and nod when a person of faith says or does something unreasonable because they believe their god wants them to do it. And most of the time, it’s OK. No worries and nobody gets hurt. But there are situations where we can’t smile.
A couple of hundred years ago, a truce between the faiths was called. Where bitterness, hatred and persecution once took place, we find many faiths now very tolerant, supportive and ecumenical. Even atheists and agnostics are willing to let others have their faith; for what is the harm in letting people believe in ancient tales? Well, the dangers are plenty and the harm can be tremendous. We still don’t see the perils of religion being fairly discussed in public. Polite conversation doesn’t entail discussing the evils of our religions. In the government, schools, and business of America criticizing religion is illegal. Usually this is OK, because the faithful are now willing and expected to check their Bibles at the door, just like atheists are expected play nicely with everyone. Politicians and lawmakers sidestep the absurdities of trusting God, rather than publicly addressing the problem as a social burden. In fact, they get elected when they invoke God, and questioning Him could be the end of their career.
This is only a short summary of this chapter. To find out more, please read Why Adam and Eve Created God.