There are those who proudly proclaim that they hate religion, or that religion is a form of insanity, the root of all evil, and must be purged. Some go as far as to act on their hatred. Others are content to revel in prejudice and regard religious believers with insufferable contempt and arrogance.

If you are one of them, you need a reality check.

This primer debunks several well-propagated stereotypes, misconceptions, and specious arguments that have been used by militant atheist and other anti-religious zealots to assert their so-called "intellectual superiority" over religious people, as well as their intolerance for and suppression of a basic human right granted by the United Nations and more than a few countries.

For too long have militant atheists and allied anti-religious activists used myth and propaganda to give the impression that their beliefs are scientifically proven, or inherently logical, rational, and peaceful. It is time to reveal the facts and truth behind their claims.





Universal Declaration of Human Rights

"Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance."



First Amendment of the Constitution

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ... "



Article X of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen

"No one may be questioned about his opinions, [and the] same [for] religious [opinions], provided that their manifestation does not trouble the public order established by the law."



Section Two of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms

"Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms: freedom of conscience and religion ... "




Grundgesetz für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland

"The freedom of religion, conscience and the freedom of confessing one's religious or philosophical beliefs are inviolable. Uninfringed religious practice is guaranteed."



Articles 8 and 10 in the Costituzione della Repubblica Italiana

"All religious confessions are equally free before the law."
"All have the right to profess freely their own religious faith in whatever form [...], provided that the rites are not contrary to morality."