Bill Burr does a pretty good job of explaining the silliness of organized religions.
I gave up religion (going to Church) at around age 11, but I've never hated religion, looked down on religious people, or embraced the equally inane faith of Atheism. TRUE, there's no proof that there is no god either...AND we still don't understand the origins of life.
I've long believed that all religions arose out of mankind's need to make the incomprehensible at least somewhat understandable to people. Forget the concept of a "Creator" or even a "Creative Life Force," most of us can't really wrap our heads around concepts like infinity and eternity. At any rate, all such matters should be a matter of personal conviction. IF it helps someone else to believe that there's a bearded old man sitting on a throne somewhere in heaven, and the fear of that judgment or that old guy's wrath is enough to make that person strive to be a good person, then that's fine with me, but that's also NOT for me.
There are many on the Left who STILL insist on making "Jesus-based" arguments for Leftism/socialism.
That's nothing new. Martin Luther and a wide array of Catholic priests, mostly German and Austrian made many of the same arguments, although both more forcefully and more eloquently than today's cast of characters.
Back in the early 16th Century, Jacob Fuger ruled the roost. He was and remains "the richest man who ever lived." It was Fuger who so indebted the Vatican that they were forced into using his scheme that brought about the selling of "indulgences" and "relics." That, in turn ignited Martin Luther's Protestant rebellion. He single-handedly financed the Hapsburg empire, bringing the hapless Maximilian to the throne. By 1515, his wealth was so great and his tyrannical control over many of Europe's peasant class so extensive that numerous bloody peasant revolts were waged primarily against Fuger's interests. Jacob Fuger was himself an Austrian Catholic and not Jewish, just as many of today's international bankers and other leading globalists are non-Jewish Northern Europeans.
The Marxist/socialist arguments waged in Jesus' name often ARE consistent with Jesus' impractical teachings, but it's STILL unclear whether even those philosophies attributed to Jesus, really were his at all.
The “historical Jesus” was a Hebrew Rabbi named Joshua of Joseph (shortened to Jesus). He was indeed an anti-Roman revolutionary and a failed philosopher. His exhortation to, “Treat others AS YOU WOULD WANT to be treated, NOT as they treat you,” is the reason Thomas Jefferson said, “There are no true Christians, merely Paulists.” It is also entirely impractical and unworkable. It was Saul/Paul, NOT Jesus who is most responsible for the emergence of the Roman Christian Church (ROMAN Catholicism).
Virtually everything written about and attributed to Jesus was written 50 to 150 years after his death by followers who sought to shroud the story of an anti-Roman revolutionary as a that of a Messianic figure. Rome had defeated the Hebrews in two wars and twice destroyed their temple at Jerusalem. In short, ALL of that including the absurd and unworkable philosophy of Jesus was little but the fictions of a few raving, Hebrew lunatics.
Friedrich Nietzsche was almost certainly right that, “Charity is the curse of Christ.” In his view, Jewish/Babylonian-inspired “Christianity” has proven to be mostly toxic, especially to Europe, known as “Christendom” by the Middle Ages. In Nietzsche’s view charity amounts to enabling/coddling dysfunction and it effectively halts the evolution of mankind.
One of Hitler’s laments was that “proud, enlightened” European paganism was replaced by a corrosive “Christianity.” He believed (possibly correctly) that “Had Germany’s predominant religion been Shintoism, or Islam, Germany’s warrior ethos would’ve led Germany to lead all of Islam, or made Shintoism a global religion.”
I certainly agree that Christianity, with its misguided “curse of Christ” has been a dysgenic (enabling ever greater dysfunction at the expense of the productive “best”) and anti-evolutionary force that has drastically slowed down the advance of mankind and that both the religious “Jesus” and the secular Marx who both espoused the equality and equanimity of mankind were twin cancers on humanity.
No two people are effectively, or entirely “equal” and free people especially are UNEQUAL. Freedom and equality mean EVERYTHING. Nothing else, especially not a sentimental pity (charity) does anything to move mankind forward..