Question: Why aren’t religious people happy? After all, they found the greatest love of all and will be given a wonderful, eternal afterlife.
No, they are not happy until everyone else believes it too. And since conversion doesn’t come easy, they need to employ all methods available, including coercion and violence, to attain this goal. It is a natural law. The religious, once they get organized, strive for power over the rest of us. They always wanted power, and always will, in order to convert the gullible and to control the rest of us who don’t fancy being converted.
Naturally, this means democracy is not the favorite ideology for the religious. Every single one of them would much rather want theocracy, which means God rules. However, to solve the practical detail that God never shows his face to the common man, all power in a theocracy must rest with the only people who claim they regularly talk to God: clergy.
And once they succeed in establishing theocracy, rest assured the clergy will imprison or kill everyone who opposes their rule. This current case below is from Iran, but it happened in the west too, and in every single country that gave the religious power over the state.
From Iran News: Father and daughter murdered for wanting democracy and freedom in Iran
“People who harbor strong convictions without evidence belong at the margins of our societies, not in our halls of power.” ~ Sam Harris
“There once was a time when all people believed in God and the church ruled. This time was called the Dark Ages.” ~ Richard Lederer
“Religion and blind faith are some of the greatest impediments ever to human learning and progress.” ~ Unknown
“I look forward to the day the cross sits discarded beside the swastika as just another reminder of the dangers of blind faith.” ~ Craig Smith