Christianity: 31% (89 votes)
Islam: 62% (179 votes)
Judaism: 4% (12 votes)
Hinduism: 1% (4 votes)
Buddhism: 1% (4 votes)
I rounded off the numbers so the total percentage comes out to 99%.
I wish to defend my claim that Christianity is the Worst Religion. OK, before the hate mail starts I wish to state that currently Islam is much more of a dire threat to freedom and liberty. Currently, most Christians are not burning people at the stake (hmmm... steak) but the faith has a checkered past to say the least. Christianity has been more successful in spreading it's brand of wackiness because it has been hitched to capitalism. Capitalism seems to bring out the best and the worst out of people and here are some quick points to support my claim.
- Slavery Christianity actively supported the institution of slavery for a long time. On the eve of the American Civil War there were approximately 4 million slaves in country. England abolished slavery with the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833. The early French Republic abolished slavery in 1795 but Napoleon re-instituted it in 1802. Even after Napoleon slavery existed in France and her territories until 1848. Let's look at some Christian quotes about slavery.
The Christian church's main justification of the concept of slavery was based on the "curse of Ham" which appears in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) in Genesis 9:25-27.
"Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers. He also said, 'Blessed be the Lord, the God of Shem! May Canaan be the slave of Shem.
Christians at the time believed that Canaan had settled in Africa and that his descendants had become black. (click here for link)."[Slavery] was established by decree of Almighty God...it is sanctioned in the Bible, in both Testaments, from Genesis to Revelation...it has existed in all ages, has been found among the people of the highest civilization, and in nations of the highest proficiency in the arts." Jefferson Davis, President, Confederate States of America (same article as above)
- Imperialism Christianity happened to take root in Western Europe (if Islam had I suspect most of us reading this would have been brought up Muslim) and was intimately part of Imperialism. The 3 C's of Imperialism were: Commerce, Christianity, and Civilization (click here). Imperialism had a multitude of detrimental effects on the local populations. Here is an example of what happened in Australia.
It's 1931 in Western Australia. A.O. Neville is the government's official in dealing with aborigine issues. Under the law, he has the right to seize "half-caste" children - those with both aborigine and white parentage - to be housed on native settlements, where they are to be "re-educated" to western ways eventually to become servants for whites. The assertion is that this measure will protect the aborigine population, as if they are left to intermingle within aborigine communities, half-castes will turn the community white as the weaker aborigine gene will be bred out within a few generations (click here for link).Here is a map depicting how much of the planet the British Empire gobbled up.
Here is what happened to Hypatia, the Last Librarian of the Library of Alexandria, in 415 AD
I don't want to let the Hindus off the proverbial hook. The caste system on the subcontinent is the embodiment of an authoritarian, religious system of social control (click here for link). One inherits a certain spot in the social hierarchy and that's great if you are the Brahmin (ancestors of the original conquerors of the subcontinent) not so good if you are an Untouchable (the lowest of the menial workers). Caste is a powerful force in rural areas while urban dwellers are less controlled by it. Inter-caste marriages can be awkward and some have been the cause of honor killings (from dishonoring the family by marrying someone "lesser" than you).Hypatia was set upon by the mobsters (Christians) as she was going in her carriage from her lecture-hall to her home. She was dragged to a nearby church where mob-rule took control. Stripped, beaten and hacked to pieces her dismembered body was burned to hide all traces of the crime.