A lot of antipathy to religion seems logical but is likely to be misconceived. First of all, people who are not themselves disposed to be religious don’t go an anti-religion tirades; and when people do go on such tirades, it is itself driven by a kind of religious fanaticism and embodies all of the worst characteristics thereof, therefore being projective and hypocritical. Second, while there obviously are many good reasons not to be religious, people who are religious tend to need it, and the right approach is to understand what religion provides and how to provide it better. But those who attack religion tend not to have the slightest intention of providing a substitute for it once it is gone, and their objective is not to improve anyone, including themselves, but is simply to use a cheap imitation of rationality as a springboard to personal power.
I myself haven’t a religious bone in my body, but the most irrational, prejudiced, ill-willed and unintelligent people I have met have been rabidly anti-religious self-described ‘secular humanists.’ All of them turned out to flip-flop between being militant atheists and militant Jesus-freaks, and their militant atheism, so I would find, was always about them being weak people who instead of improving themselves were trampling on others in whom they saw their own weak selves.
I had a YouTube channel for a little while, where I would sometimes put up video versions of writing of mine. My channel had videos on many different topics, ranging from pure mathematics to economics to psychoanalysis to religion. I did not have fixed lines on any of these topics, especially not religion; and when I discussed religion, I would sometimes discuss its virtues and I would sometimes discuss its deficits. In one video, I discussed what I believed to be some possible benefits of believing in God. I myself am agnostic; I tend to believe that there is a higher power of some kind or other, but am very open as to its nature. In any case, in this video, I discussed the idea that God externalized conscience as well as the idea that people who rejected the idea of a higher power sometimes did so out of a narcissistic desire to themselves be God. Are these ideas 100% accurate? I’m not sure, but I felt they were worth stating. More to the point, my video was very obviously not a pro-religious tirade.
In any case, some guy whose channel is called ‘Bitchspot’ or ‘Bitchblog’ made some video about me, claiming that I was a pro-religious fanatic, which is obviously false if one actually listens to what I am saying and which is beyond all belief obviously false if one looks at the titles of some of the videos on my channel. In any case, his ‘followers’ trolled me and gave me thumbs downs, and were unbelievably and rigid and stupid. I disabled comments for the video, and another follower of his started following me around in real-life. (I ended up taking down the video.)
Anyway, a few months later, I did a 20 second background check on the guy who made the video. It turns out that his girlfriend is a dominatrix-prostitute, and he makes a ‘living’ as her ‘slave.’ His YouTube channel is about him trying to be a big man, by going after what he believes to be soft targets, as a way of countering the extreme and thoroughly justified contempt that he rightly has for himself.
Extremism, especially when it involves conformity to group think, is almost always misconceived, even though it tends to coat itself a thin veneer of ‘tough minded rationality.’