Saturday, July 25, 2015


How about "Religion Kills (but not as much as tobacco)", true in some parts of the world at least.


Archdruid Eileen said...

Tobacco is unsafe even at low doses. Personally I'd say alcohol is a more relevant comparison. Moderate alcohol consumption brings cheer and a little relaxation to life. Over-consumption makes you dangerous to others, and yourself. And not drinking at all gives you the chance to be very smug about your own position, but leaves you open to being the one who has to drive everybody around the whole time.

Apart from that last bit. That doesn't really work does it?

Steve Borthwick said...

AE, I definitely think your analogy has more legs than mine; I was thinking specifically about the poor people still living in theocracies (or wanna-be theocracies) like Christians in Iraq (or Northern Nigeria) or Muslims in Myanmar or Atheists in Saudi etc. etc. Religions deserve a health warning (a la cigarettes) in such places.

On the booze theme, I would venture to add that when we congregate in crowds of like minded people most of us don't want to stop when we reach our allotted 4 units (some even continue to drive themselves home), and, in acts of pure wish-thinking we come up with all kinds of contorted reasons why nature, morality and statistics don't apply to us.