Many people think about religion in a black-and-white way. Believers say that religion is the only way to save yourself and get to paradise. They believe that religion is wholly good. Atheists believe that religion is a lie, stymies thinking and poisons science. They believe religion is inherently bad. After attending an evangelical church for a few years, seeing the worst of believer behaviour, then leaving the church and reading every anti-theist book I could get my hands on, I have come to one conclusion: Religion is both good and bad.
Everywhere I look in Saskatoon I see the same photo of the same woman: a blonde with a nose ring and a fake smile on a pink background. “Breast Cancer: not just a disease of older women,” the tagline reads. It then tells us the woman was 24 years old and died of breast cancer. I hate that ad. I hate that colour.