The BBC has a sad, disturbing article about a totally preventable cause of death due to HIV in Africa. It seems that people who had been being successfully treated for HIV infection died when they stopped taking their antiretroviral medication because their pastors or priests told them to and instead put their faith, and lives, in the power of prayer.
If anyone has any doubts about the harm that superstitious, religious beliefs can cause, this story should quash them. People like to say that god answers every prayer, but sometimes the answer is “no”. Bullshit! What kind of loving, merciful god would let someone die in agony when they had abandoned worldly treatments of their illness and put their faith in him? If there is a god, then this just proves that he is a sick, sadistic fuck. But we knew that already from reading the Old Testament. Just look up the books of Joshua, Job, or, for that matter, most of the whole of the Bible if you want a taste of callousness, perfidy, and outright cruelty.