Many of those who post on here seem to believe that those who have no belief in gods are angry. There are many reasons for them to be angry but in most cases they accept that these reasons exist and if they can get involved with doing what they can to point them out they do so. We have many who call themselves atheists; this is merely an indication of a lack of belief in deities, the reasons for which are many and usually personal.
There is a group who are atheists but who take matters further and can be described as anti-theists. These people will work as hard as they can to oppose theism and to fight for a truly secular society. They see many issues that are religiously based where religion intrudes into the lives of the populace often without most being aware of it. A few of the issues that might drive the anti-theist are listed below.
Our census indicates that about 95% of South Africans hold one or another religion. If international trends are to be considered there must be a number of people who for various reasons are hiding their lack of belief. This is very likely because of economic reasons, who wants their job or business to be threatened because your belief is different to those around you? Further personal issues arise when one member of a family or community comes out as having different or no beliefs. All of those and others are forced to live the lie by our religious societal norms, this is not right.
In situations where custody of children is determined being a nonbeliever has been held against the parent. Does belief make for a better home environment? I suppose we need to ask the Family Policy Institute or the good folks from Joshua Generation Church who believe in not sparing the rod even on babies!
Leaders of various faiths preach or instruct that women submit to their men. This is demeaning and leads to the abuse of women, the reduction of their worth in society and more importantly their self-worth.
Some religious leaders and parents terrorize children with vivid, traumatizing stories of eternal burning and torture, to ensure that they’ll be too frightened to even question religion. That they are taught that to even question their religion will result in eternal punishment.
Some religions teach children to fear and reject both their bodies and the natural functions of their bodies. Girl children are further forced to hide their feminism because to show too much of their bodies is to enflame the passion of men who by their upbringing are not able to restrain their urges. Children who find that they belong in the LGBT group are force to hide this from their families and communities for fear of complete rejection.
The mutilation of genitalia of both young boys and girl usually for religious reasons is frightening and wrong. If the adult believes that the procedure is needed then they should be able to make an informed decision. To impose these procedures on very young children because religious writings from centauries back is just sad and shocking.
Various books and beliefs, religious or ideological have through the years preached that some groups are superior or inferior to others. These teachings have resulted in the persecution of whole sections of society. The Jews in Europe, the untouchables in India are two; the members of the LGBT group are another that suffers as a result of these beliefs and teachings.
Leaders of religious groups have formed pressure and lobby groups to influence the political leaders of the country. The politicians have made use of these groups to gain votes. The support of the religious leaders will not be given without some form of quid pro quo. This results in religious or religious inspired government policies being foisted on the entire country.
Groups who believe that they represent the will of their gods are committing atrocities throughout the world. People have been killed or assaulted in the leadership struggles for various churches here in South Africa. The strife between Christian and Islamic groups in Nigeria, the Sunni and Shia and the many other regional religious hotspots all show that man cannot live in harmony when religion rears it head.
In various states (theocracies all) the age of marriage has been reduced to less than ten for girls. As girls in these states do not have the right to make any major decisions many are married off by their families at very young ages. We have in the past had news reports of girls dying as a result of the damage done to their reproductive organs due to forced intercourse or what would constitute child rape here. These changes were as a result of the lobbying of the religious leaders in these states! MerryMartin pointed out various other atrocities committed in the name of religious law and practice.