What turned me off of religion in the first place was hypocrisy.
I went to the church, sang the songs, oggled the little cuties in their Sunday dresses, ate the food and jumped up and down like a trained ape for the prayers and tried not to snore during the sermons... just like everyone else.
But, at about the same time my voice changed I realized I simply didn't BELIEVE. But I stuck around for the company, the singing, the girls and the food for a couple of years.
But the feeling grew on me slowly, that I was lying to everyone around me and most importantly to myself. I quit, and never went back.
But I still see the hypocrisy... people who claim such great 'faith' in god's plan, yet look both ways when they cross the streets. Faith, yet they lock their doors, snap up those seat belts and you can bet that most of them, (the not quite insane bunch at least) put their faith in prayer yet go to the doctor when they get sick.
The majority of Americans say they believe in god... the god that keeps the hell fires burning. Now look around you... do your fellow citizens for the most part ACT like they really believe there is a horrible, eternal punishment waiting for them if they fuck up in the slightest, deviate from the divine game plan in the merest jot or tittal?
Their priest are banging alter boys, their preachers, the ones with the mega churches and the bullet proof coifs are slipping off with the cabana boy for some slap and tickle topped off with a snort or two of crystal... right after their scathing sermon about the evils of 'homa-sexuals'.
The 'faithful are making noise about the sanctity of marriage with trophy wife number 4 on their arm, jabbering about the 'right to life' while supporting a massive arms race that endangers all the little children... (particularly the brown ones who talk funny and don't worship the same name for the same damned desert megalomaniac as they do). They swill their booze and toss the dice in Vegas and their wives (numbers 1-4) choke down entirely too much prescription happy pills...
Face it people, you don't believe the crap any more than those of us did when we dropped out of our respective churches...
Atheists, we aren't quitters, we are just ahead of the curve..
Christianity: A disgusting middle eastern blood cult, based in human sacrifice, with sacraments of cannibalism and vampirism, whose highest icon is of a near naked man hanging in torment from a device of torture.