In much of Europe the god fearing used to burn old women suspected of being witches, an arduous duty they felt had been clearly put upon them by the (their interpretation) Bible. The facts of witch burning are clear enough.
First, faith made otherwise decent people commit acts of unspeakable horror, showing how ordinary and everyday feelings of human kindness, and revulsion at cruelty, can be, and have been, overruled by religious belief.
Secondly, it exposes as utterly hollow the claim that religion sets an absolute and unchanging foundation for morality.
Some, maintain that their man-God had something new to say. Consider therefore this extract from the writings of China-man Mo Ti who lived in the Fourth Century B.C.
"The mutual attacks of state on state, the mutual usurpation’s of family on family, the mutual robberies of man on man, the want of kindness on the part of the sovereign and of loyalty on the part of the minister, the want of tenderness and filial duty between father and son, these and such as these are the things injurious to the empire. All has arisen from want of mutual love. If but that one virtue could be made universal, the Prince loving one another would have no battlefield, the Chiefs of Families would attempt no usurpation’s, men would commit no robberies, rulers and ministers would be gracious and loyal, fathers and sons would be kind and filial, brothers would be harmonious and easily reconciled. Men in general loving one another, the strong would not make pray of the weak, the many would not plunder the few, the rich would not insult the poor, the noble would not be insolent to the mean, and the deceitful would not impose on the simple".
I find this message more inspiring than the unproved promises of immortality and hell fire.
The two largest religions, appear to me to be – carrot and stick religions. Perhaps all are.
I am not a donkey – some of the time, so I don’t respond.