Am I against religion?
From the IAmAnAtheist.com comment form:
Hi you say you are atheist does that mean you are against religions in general?
Atheism is the lack of belief in a deity and nothing more. One can think religion is awful, think religion is beneficial, think religion is a mixed bag, or have no opinion on religion at all and still be an atheist.
Personally, I am not against religion in general. I am against some specific religious beliefs because I think they are harmful and difficult to morally justify. I am also against any belief system — whether religious or not — that is against reason or urges its followers to abandon reason. I think that there are people who are happier or lead more personally fulfilling lives because they are religious, even though I think their religion is likely false at its core.
I do believe that it is possible to be intelligent, moral, consistent, rational, self-examined, and religious. However, I think that such people are rare. On the other hand, I think that intelligent, moral, consistent, rational, self-examined, non-religious people are rare as well. It is my opinion that, in general, people do not spend enough time examining their beliefs, and that we could all improve ourselves by doing so.