This blog attempts to collect as many of the examples of religiously-motivated violence and stupidity which make it into the online international press as possible. It began as a single page on my Atheist Wiki called the Outrage Scoreboard, where it ran for over a year. Eventually it became clear that there was just too much religious insanity around to enter it all manually, so I moved to a blog format where I could automate the postings. I try and post every day but this is not always possible, and I have holidays like everyone else, so if there is a gap, just be patient and I will probably return soon.
The blog is a work in progress. New categories are being added and the scope has changed a little over time. Last year I added an ‘environmentalism‘ category, for acts carried out in the name of environmentalism which are as blindingly stupid and destructive as those normally associated with religion. To be fair I should probably include ‘Communism’ as another daft ideology, but it would be hard to separate specifically Communistic acts of daftness and bloodshed from those perpetrated with any government trying to maintain an undemocratic rule by threats and force. More recently I added a ‘mega-lunacy‘ category for actions and statements that soar above the normal level of denialism and self-delusion associated with religious beliefs, and reach new heights of disenfranchisement from the real world.
I live in Australia, and use Australian news sites, so Australian news tends to get a higher priority here. If you’re planning to visit, don’t worry — we’re not quite as densely populated with gibbering morons as this blog might lead you to believe. For readers in other countries, particularly non-English speaking areas, it’s reasonable to assume that most of your local daftness doesn’t make it into the international online press, and you should multiply the amount shown here by a factor of three or more to estimate the real quantity of misery and suffering religion is inflicting in your particular part of the world.
I hope you enjoy — if that is the right word — what you find here, or at least learn from it. Feel free to add comments. I will let through anything except violent abuse and unwarranted self-promotion, although I reserve the right to comment on your comment. If you have suggestions for posts, let me know. If you have information about an idiocy or an atrocity committed in the name of atheism, let me know, and if I agree I will include it.
Note that this does not include ‘Hitler was an atheist!’ (he wasn’t) or ‘Stalin was an atheist!’ (he may have been, but he was also a psychotic sociopath, which is far more relevant).