An atheist airman at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada was denied re-enlistment last month for refusing to take an oath containing
US Military forces atheists to use Christian language. We’ve already seen plenty of examples of Christians forcing prayer on atheists, Muslims and other non-Christians in the military. It’s a clear and obvious violation of the first amendment, so why do they do it?
Because if you believe in a god, it logically follows that pleasing the god is more important than following the constitution, or acting humanely, or tolerance or equality or the image of your country and their government. The only thing that matters is pleasing the god because this life, in their minds, is temporary, but the god (and your soul, which the god has power over) is eternal.
It’s like when you’re a kid. You don’t mind pissing off the substitute teacher, because he or she will be gone by tomorrow or probably by the end of the week. But your regular teacher, you gotta deal with him or her all year. You’re a little more respectful. This is how Christianity, and all god-beliefs, teaches people to treat humanity, like a substitute teacher. Something disposable. Something less important. It devalues humanity.
This is what I mean when I say “the harm in religious beliefs.” Believing in god damages your mind because it makes you embrace magical thinking and superstition, but it also damages the society around you, because you treat it with less reverence than you would if you thought you had no other life after death.