I very much support a 'live and live' ethos. Race. Height. Gender. Sexuality. Shoe size. Language. Faith. Appearance. Accent. Hair colour. Operating system choice. all just ingredients in the great recipe of humanity. Pick one - pick em' all. Doesn't matter to me. Until... You start getting evangelical about your choice / viewpoint / belief and start disrespecting those who differ. Over the last few days we've had some conservatives trying to double down on their religious credentials with statements such as "Many of the underlying ethics of society are Christian-based". I hate this viewpoint that ethics and morality have Christianity as their point of origin. It's complete and utter crap. I do good things because they are good things, not because I've been told to fear a god. My morality comes from learning the difference between right and wrong, so I've got my family and Captain Kirk to thank for those life lessons not some sky god or spaghetti monster. My parents brought me up as a Christian, with church every sunday. But they also taught me right from wrong and to think for myself. I concluded that god was an impossibility. There was no evidence to the contrary and every written record to support the argument of 'god' was flawed to the point of being worthless. It wasn't that it made 'no sense' (IE it was without sense), it was that it was full of stuff that went out of it's way to not have any sense. Religion is used as a defence (by some) for misogyny, child abuse, incest, greed, murder, oppression and lots and lots of hatred. To top it off it usually comes wrapped up in bundles of hypocrisy... and lots more misogyny. (Show me a religion that isn't misogynistic) Religion either brings nothing to the table, or it brings a bucket of rotten entrails. Some will say 'religious charities do good work'. Well I've seen many a religious charity at first hand and again at best religion adds nothing and you're just talking about nice people doing nice things, or religion adds the 'We're nice Christians helping you. Would you like to be a Christian too?' message that follows (either overtly or subtly). Religion adds nothing. I don't feel that religion (or any form of faith belief) has added anything to our life on earth. It's at best a distraction that slows us down and worst the greatest facilitator for woe we'll ever know. It's a parasite on those it afflicts. I'm genuinely disappointed when I learn a friend is religious. And seriously question the judgement of any scientist that follows a faith. I see them all as a little weak minded and unable to break the biological and cultural programming that leads so many to follow a faith. My optimism for the future takes a hit when religious arguments are brought into any form of discussions, especially political. I'm ranting aren't I? Actually... I don't think I hate religion. I know I hate it.